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Toronto the brat? Tale of two cities. Mississauga is the ‘easy child’ when it comes to transit, and it stands to score major funding. But don’t get us started on Toronto In the push to win approval for provincial transit money, Mississauga — wholeheartedly behind LRTs — is the straight-A student at the front of the class, while Toronto is the troublemaker at the back. That’s how one Mississauga councillor described it Wednesday as city council members, including Mayor Hazel McCallion, took turns pointing out that Toronto council’s recent battle over its transit expansion

might be the best thing for Mississauga. “I think the turmoil in Toronto regarding transit plays right into our hands,” Councillor Nando Iannicca said. “It shows the province that the mayor in Mississauga plays ball. We’ve sold our community on light transit.” Iannicca and council are behind Mississauga’s plan to build a $1.3-billion LRT line from the southern end of Hurontario Street north into Brampton. And unlike Toronto, Mississauga councillors are prepared to pay with tax revenues and fees from new development and even a tax levy or propertytax increase. They want the province to cover one-third of the cost, the federal government another third and the city will pick up the rest. torstar news service

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The Ford follies, 1: Rob makes a ‘gracious’ apology Our ‘magnanimous’ mayor. Phone-number flap starts with Josh Matlow’s complaint … and ends with one happy councillor In a rare admission of error, Mayor Rob Ford has — yes — apologized. He said sorry for encouraging residents who support his transit vision to call the phone number of the mayor’s office to find out how to run in the next city election. Coun. Josh Matlow had argued that Ford’s remarks on his radio show Sunday breached the city’s code of conduct. It prohibits the use of city resources for electionrelated purposes. Ford called Matlow on Tuesday to apologize, Matlow said. Ford also released a statement, saying: “It was my intent to provide my direct personal line.” Matlow, the former host

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Mad. “Josh Matlow is ticked off because we took his radio station,” Doug Ford told reporters.

of the NEWSTALK 1010 show, said he considers the matter closed. “He was very gracious and magnanimous,” Matlow said. “He unreservedly apologized. And demonstrated that he understood that complying with our code of conduct is absolute.” Matlow added: “It was very encouraging. I really appreciate the maturity that the mayor demonstrated.” TORSTAR NEWS SERVICE

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Rob Ford, pictured in NEWSTALK 1010’s studios, set the airwaves a-quivering when he gave out the phone number of the mayor’s office instead of his personal number. RICK MADONIK/TORSTAR NEWS SERVICE

Ford follies, 2: That audit goes on Mayor Rob Ford’s fight against a city-ordered audit of his campaign expenses will proceed in April. A judge has denied a request from Ford’s lawyer that could have delayed the hearing to the end of the year or 2013. “The Ford matter, in my mind, should proceed as scheduled,” Justice Richard D. Schneider of the Ontario Court of Justice said Wednesday in a verbal ruling. Last May, the city’s com-

pliance audit committee ordered the audit after considering a complaint from two residents. They alleged that Ford breached the Municipal Elections Act during the 2010 campaign. They questioned $77,000 in campaign expenses paid by Ford’s family company, Doug Ford Holdings Inc. The campaign repaid that amount a year later with no interest. Provincial law says candi-

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dates can only borrow from banks or other lending institutions, and cannot take corporate donations. Arguing the family firm was merely a “supplier,” Ford asked the courts to quash the audit order. His lawyer, Tom Barlow, failed last month to convince the judge to make the threeday appeal, scheduled to start April 16, a chance to have fresh look at all evidence rather than the merits of the committee decision.

Schneider’s order limiting the appeal’s scope also applied to failed council candidate Peter Li Preti, who is in court fighting an audit order of his expenses. Li Preti is now appealing Schneider’s decision to Superior Court. On Wednesday, Barlow told the judge that, since Li Preti will name Ford as a “respondent” in that appeal, Ford’s hearing should wait until after it is heard.

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Education. ‘Smart’ idea brings together students and all their gadgets It’s called BYOD — bring your own device. Peel Region’s 140,000 public school students are being encouraged to bring their smartphones, iPads, tablets and laptop computers to class in what the board calls its “21st century” learning plan. “The days when kids go into the computer lab for an hour and that’s their technology for the day — those days are over,” said Brian Woodland, director of communications for the Peel District School Board. “There’s a need to move from an investment in a computer lab to technology that’s more portable,” he said, as well as programs that give kids access to their work after school hours. Trustees voted this week to spend $7 million, in part to add wireless technology and increase its bandwidth in schools. In the past, such funds would have been used to build traditional computer labs, s a i d Wo o d land. Such plans raise questions about equity, especially for lower-income students who don’t own such devices or have access to them out-

side of school — a growing issue that has been dubbed the “app gap.” But the Peel board plans to purchase tablets or the like, to “ensure equity of access to technology for all students through classroom computers and tablets in schools.” Peel is among the first to pass such an ambitious plan, said Catherine Fife, president of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association. “You can’t fight it,” she said of technology being used in the classroom. “That’s why this decision is pivotal; other school boards will be watching. “Fighting how this generation learns is not a good use of time of teachers or administrators. Instead of chasing after them, you just embed it into the learning experience of students.” The Toronto and York public boards allow electronic devices in classrooms at the teacher’s discretion. The expectation in Peel is that all teachers will be making use of technology and the board will provide training. torstar news service

Medical fraud. U.S. man lied about science degree from York University A Michigan man who lied about having a York University science degree has been charged with health-care fraud after he botched a series of patient cases. The FBI arrested Fitzgerald Anthony Hudson, 51, on charges of lying to get a New York medical licence, misrepresenting his work history to land jobs and defrauding Medicare of $200,000 as a result of his fraudulently-obtained licence. Hudson did indeed study

behavioural science and psychology at York, but he neither graduated nor earned a degree, spokeswoman Joanne Rider said. He attended York from 1987 to 1990, according to New York Department of Health documents. With his fake degree and nine years of medical school, Hudson landed his N.Y. medical licence in 2007. His medicine degree is from Ross University in the West Indies. torstar news service

CUPE Local 79 leader Tim Maguire speaks to media outside of the Sheraton Hotel, one of the voting locations, in Toronto on Wednesday. The union representing the majority of the City of Toronto employees took the City’s final contract offer to a membership vote Wednesday. CARLOS OSORIO/torstar news service

Many workers felt offer was better than a strike The vote. Deal was not endorsed by the leadership of CUPE

Many City of Toronto inside workers who voted Wednesday on the city’s final offer saw it as a bad bargain but possibly the best they’re going to get, a union official said. CUPE Local 79 president Tim Maguire fielded lots of questions from workers when he appeared at the three voting locations to give details, union spokesperson Cim Nunn told reporters after balloting concluded at 8 p.m. Workers voted on the offer even though it wasn’t endorsed by union leadership. Results were not available at press time. “As you can imagine, there was a lot of concern, a lot of angst, a lot of worry on the part of members,” Nunn said. “I think that for the most part, they’re going to realize

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Library union OK’s deal Toronto Public Library workers have reached a tentative deal with the library board, according to its union. The workers went on strike March 19, closing all 98 branches. CUPE spokesperson Cim Nunn said the two sides have been meeting since the strike began and reached a deal through “long, hard work.” “They’d been meeting that this is not a good deal,” he added. “You can’t characterize this as a good deal, but for a lot of members, they’re going to see it as the best deal they’re

every day, they’d been making incremental progress, and they got to the finish line. It was just day after day of negotiating,” he said. No details are being released until the 2,300 library workers vote on it Thursday. Job security was the primary issue as of last week. The city is currently prevented from laying off permanent library employees in the event of outsourcing or technological improvements, and it wants to gain more flexibility by denying job security to many workers. torstar news service

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Wednesday’s vote by the city’s 23,000 inside workers could result in some remaining on the job while others are locked out or go on strike. Maguire acknowledged the possibility of a strike Wednesday afternoon as members of the local’s four separating bargaining units voted on the city’s “final offer” for four-year contracts. “It’s possible that one or two of the units could reject the offer” while the others accept, Maguire said. Across the street, inside the Sheraton Centre, CUPE 79 members from various units said they would vote in favour of the offer. Many said they voted yes to ratify the deal, in large part because they say they can’t afford to strike. torstar news service

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‘Walkable’ cities are better for health: Study Walkable City. Report shows that a lot of physical activity occurs not as recreation but as part of daily living Toronto enjoys a reputation for being a city of walkable neighbourhoods. But a landmark report for the Toronto Board of Health offers fresh evidence that residents who have the most to gain from living within strolling distance of shops and services frequently live in the city’s least walkable areas. The Walkable City is the kind of evidence-based research that should inform how new communities are built and old ones redeveloped, says Dr. David McKeown, Toronto medical officer of health. “This study really gets at how the shape of your neighbourhood affects how likely you are to be getting physically active,” he said. The report focuses on utilitarian walking — the steps people take in the course of

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People hit the pavement at the intersection of Bay and Wellington in the financial district. A new report says the Torontonians who could most benefit from strolling live in the least walkable areas. CARLOS OSORIO/Torstar news service

their daily business. It shows the most walkable neighbourhoods are clustered downtown and the least walkable are in postwar suburbs, many of them overlapping communities that face economic and social challenges. A significant number of Torontonians — 74 per cent — said they would be willing

to trade square footage and a bigger backyard for the convenience of walking to the local store or library. And even 46 per cent of those living outside Toronto’s municipal borders said they preferred more walkable neighbourhoods. McKeown said the research shows that the shape of the neighbourhood can encour-

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age people to be more active, whether or not they’re living in a walkable area. “If people have a preference for walkable neighbourhoods, they walk more. But even people who don’t have a preference for walkable neighbourhoods walk more if they live in a walkable neighbourhood,” he said. torstar news service

Health care. Study finds pay-for-performance does little for patients As Ontario begins to rein in health-care costs, hospitals and others in the health sector will soon face increased scrutiny to ensure that scarce dollars are being spent wisely. Some health policy experts predict the province may look at paying hospitals for good performance, rewarding those institutions that take the best care of their patients. But a major study published Monday by the Harvard School of Public Health has found that pay-for-performance — in which hospitals are paid to improve their quality of care — does surprisingly little to improve patient outcomes. Health policy experts in Ontario said the study provides a cautionary tale about how to set up incentive-based programs. “This study teaches us that we haven’t really figured out the pay part and we haven’t figured out the performance part of pay-for-performance,” said Ashish Jha, associate professor of health policy and management at the Har-

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• Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health examined the largest U.S. hospital-based pay-for-performance program to see whether it made a difference in the number of patients who survived hospitalization. • They found no difference in 30-day mortality rates between hospitals in the pay-for-performance program and a group of control hospitals that did not receive incentives.

vard School of Public Health and lead author of the study. While surprised by the results, Jha cautioned the study should not be interpreted to mean that all pay-for-performance programs do not work. “It just says that we have a lot of work to do figuring out what right payment schemes are and what the right performance metrics are.” torstar news service


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Police dog assaulted a second time Added protection. The Provincial Animal Welfare Act came into effect in March 2009 For just the second time in the three years since a protective law came into effect, Durham Region police have charged a man with harming a police dog. K-9 Magnum, also injured in the first incident, received

minor injuries after it was punched and kicked when police responded to a domestic incident early on March 10. The dog, in service since 2008, is able to continue working with its handler, Det.-Const. Kevin Dunlop. Three years ago, K-9 Magnum was assaulted with a piece of wood. The dog suffered only minor injuries and a man was charged. The most recent case occurred in the Stevenson Road and Gibb Street area of Osh-

awa, where a man fled after allegedly assaulting his common-law wife. K-9 Magnum was sent to help catch the suspect, who was in a backyard. The man began punching and kicking the dog, but was eventually arrested. He suffered a dog bite to his arm. The 39-year-old Oshawa man is charged under the Provincial Animal Welfare Act with harming a dog that works for police. He is also charged with cruelty to animals under

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“They are given ample warning to surrender. The dog is used as a last resort. It’s not just a loose dog.” Police spokesperson Nancy Van Rooy, who said protocols are in place when a dog is released to help apprehend a suspect.

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Durham handler and police dog K-9 Magnum. TORSTAR NEWS SERVICE

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Five former drug squad officers face obstruction charges A one-time couple says Toronto drug squad officers searched their Scarborough apartment, making a mess and pocketing a safety deposit box key, and produced a warrant after the fact. Ho Zhong Pang, 52, told prosecutor Joan Barrett that he came home from work on Feb. 18, 1998, to his Eglinton Ave. E. and Kennedy Rd. area apartment. He usually arrived between 10:30 and 11 p.m. Upon seeing his ransacked unit he asked his then-wife, Miao Fen Lin, what happened. “She told me a lot of police came.” After 15 to 20 minutes, two plainclothes officers arrived with what he later learned was a search warrant and took away a plastic grocery bag sitting by the door, Pang testified. He later learned police had arrested his brother, Ho Bing Pang — who lived in the apartment — and charged him with drug offences. Memo books from drug squad officers suggest the search did not begin until 10:45 p.m., when Const. Joseph Miched arrived at the apartment with a warrant and lasted until 11:30 p.m., court has heard. Lin, 50, said three plainclothes officers carrying guns came in through her front door using a key, and searched for two hours, taking away the key to her safety deposit box without her knowledge. The former couple was testifying at the Ontario Superior Court trial of Miched, 53, John Schertzer, 54, Steven Correia, 45, Raymond Pollard, 47, and Ned Maodus, 49. The former drug squad officers face various charges, including attempting to obstruct justice, perjury, assault and extortion. All but Schertzer are accused of later lying about it in court. The trial continues. torstar news service

Provincial police say 36 students were injured in a collision north of Toronto involving two school buses. Investigators say a bus carrying 37 students was stopped at a railway crossing in New Tecumseth, when it was struck from behind by a second bus carrying 22 students. Police say 16 students aged 15 to 17 were taken to area hospitals. One student suffered major injuries — including a possible fractured collarbone. the canadian press

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Sailor injured in tugboat fire dies The U.S. Coast Guard says a sailor injured in a tugboat fire on Lake Ontario has died. Six people were aboard the U.S.-flagged Patrice McAllister when it caught fire while travelling from Toledo, Ohio, to a port in New York state early Tuesday. The boat’s chief engineer, whose name isn’t being released by the Coast Guard, died today in a Toronto hospital. The cause of the fire is under investigation. the associated press

Settlement after 21 years not enough: Claimant

Case history • Bike accident. Frank Lico

Almost 21 years after his bicycle crashed into a car, Frank Lico finally saw some justice. But he wants more. The 61-year-old disabled man from Hamilton, who was struck while riding his bike in August 1991, isn’t happy with last week’s court approval of a $270,420 insurance settlement between the provincial Public Guardian and Trustee, acting on his behalf, and a group of insurance companies. It followed a legal odyssey that would make most hardened litigators wilt. The case had never reached trial. The

presiding judge described the history of proceedings as “agonizing.” It doesn’t faze Lico, who objected to the Public Guardian’s proposal and says the money in the settlement isn’t nearly enough. After legal costs, it’s about $200,000 or less than $10,000 annually over the last two decades, he says. Lico, who lives in a twobedroom apartment and receives about $1,900 in monthly income from governments and his estranged wife, refuses to say how much would satisfy him. All Lico knows is that he

wants to appeal the decision and is looking for another lawyer. He has gone through five litigators. “I just want what’s fair,” he said in an interview. “They’ve dragged this out to try to frustrate me so I would quit. They never wanted this to get to a trial and jury.” The Ontario Public Guardian, which acts on behalf of people judged to be “incapable,” was appointed by the court in 2008, two years after Lico asked for help because he was unable to reduce medication and have a clear mind for legal proceedings.

The Public Guardian has no plans to appeal the settlement. But Lico remains undaunted about the possibility of not having any appeal rights. If that option is not open to him, Lico said he would complain to the Ontario Judicial Council about conduct of judges in the case. “When you suffered a wrong, you don’t want it to happen to anyone else so you keep fighting it. I’m going to get them (the insurers) and get them good,” said Lico, who uses a motor scooter and says he walks in pain. torstar news service

suffered a meniscal tear in one knee, developed a cyst, had nerve damage in his spine and soft tissue injuries in his back. He also appeared to develop chronic pain and depression.

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Premier Dalton McGuinty visits a family in North York and plays a little hockey the day after the budget was unveiled. COLIN MC CONNELL/TORSTAR news service

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NDP launched a hotline for citizens to call with feedback . Liberal campaign chair Greg Sorbara — architect of the 2003, 2007, and 2011 victories — said the Grits are gearing up for an election even as they strive to avoid one. “Most Ontarians don’t want their spring interrupted by Tim Hudak’s unnecessary $150 million election,” said Sorbara, MPP for Vaughan. Sorbara’s party spent tens of thousands of dollars on newspaper ads Wednesday, and is raising cash and wooing candidates for an election that could come as early as May 24. Premier Dalton McGuinty, meanwhile, urged his rivals to settle down despite wearing a “Forward Together” jacket from last fall’s vote to a campaign-style event at a North York home Wednesday morning. Torstar News Service

Voters sent ‘very clear’ message: Hudak All three parties are still mired in their own campaign debts, which will likely discourage them from triggering an election so soon after the Oct. 6 vote. The Liberals only need two opposition members to support the budget to avoid defeat. Tory Leader Tim Hudak, whose party is $6 million in debt, dismissed suggestions that he’s flirting with disaster by voting against the budget. Ontario voters sent his party “very clear” marching orders to fight for jobs and a budget that will re-balance the books and cut spending. “This is about putting principle head of party,” Hudak said.“If I saw a jobs plan, if I saw a real plan to curb spending in the budget, I’d support it.” The Tories and NDP will be able to make one amendment to the budget motion before the crucial confidence vote, which is expected no later than April 24. The canadian press


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Health minister faces questions about Ornge Investigation. Opposition calling for Matthews’ resignation over mishandling of taxpayer dollars Ontario’s embattled health minister told a special committee Wednesday she was “handcuffed” by rules that prevented her from acting sooner to stop the waste of taxpayer dollars at Ornge. Deb Matthews and her deputy minister, Saad Rafi, came under heavy opposition fire during hearings into the government’s handling of the troubled air ambulance service. Both Progressive Conservatives and New Democrats questioned how the government could have taken months to act, given the clear

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problems discovered by the auditor general in a draft report handed to the ministry last fall. Matthews argued Wednesday that because Ornge was a federally registered charity, she didn’t have the authority to intervene, nor could she act in

the face of the previous agreement with Ornge. “I was really handcuffed, I could not take the kind of action that I think the public expected me to be able to take,” Matthews said. Matthews was at a loss, however, to explain how exactly she managed to get Ornge’s board to resign just a few months later, and attributed the board’s decision to voluntarily step aside to “significant pressure” from the media, the auditor and herself. The scathing report, released this month, found the government gave Ornge $700 million over five years with virtually no oversight of how the money was spent. Despite numerous red flags, the government failed to monitor the agency as it used the money to make “questionable” business deals, the auditor said.

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Crash leaves two in critical condition Accident. Brinks tractor-trailer collides with rock face in northern Ontario, spilling millions of loonies and toonies Millions of dollars in coins and a shipment of candy were scattered across an Ontario highway Wednesday following the crash of a Brinks tractor-trailer that seriously injured two people. Both of the men who were in the Brinks truck were taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said. The crash happened around 4 a.m. on Highway 11, north of Kirkland Lake in northeastern Ontario, when the truck crossed the centre line and collided with a rock face, said Ontario Provincial Police Const. Marc Depatie. The crash also caused a number of chain-reaction collisions, but the injuries were minor, he

Labour disputes. Canada Post worker accuses Raitt of using bullying tactics The recent tensions between Air Canada workers and Lisa Raitt reminded Jim Gallant of the time he gave the federal labour minister a piece of his mind in public. The veteran Canada Post worker said he had a pair of RCMP officers knocking on his office door — a response he equated to the sudden suspensions that triggered last week’s early-morning wildcat strike at Canada’s largest airline. Three Air Canada workers were suspended recently for heckling Raitt at Toronto’s Pearson Airport. Those suspensions triggered a strike by fellow workers angered by the government bringing in back-

to-work legislation and sending their contract dispute with the airline to arbitration. Gallant, a regional grievance officer with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers with 23 years at Canada Post, was in Toronto attending a hockey game at the Air Canada Centre last October when he said he accused Raitt to her face of lying to the Senate and the House of Commons when explaining why postal employees had to be ordered back to work. Officials routinely report unusual incidents that take place on off-hours, said security consultant Chris Mathers, a former RCMP officer himself. the canadian press

Police investigate the scene after a crash in northern Ontario on Wednesday. Millions of dollars in coins and a shipment of candy were scattered across the highway following the crash of a Brinks tractor-trailer that seriously injured two people. handout/ontario provincial police/ the canadian press

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be using magnets and other mechanisms to recover the dispersed load,” but clearing up the wreckage remains the top priority, Depatie said. the canadian press

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Shoes take spotlight at Rafferty trial Evidence. Woman testifies she found shoes allegedly belonging to McClintic on sideroad near Guelph

A Canadian Border Services vehicle arrives at the Canaport facility in New Brunswick shortly after the arrival of the FSL Hamburg, rear. The oil products tanker was carrying three survivors of a yachting accident that occurred off Sable Island. david smith/the canadian press

Sailboat’s behaviour raises human trafficking suspicions Federal law enforcement agencies have yet to determine if a sailboat that ran into trouble off Nova Scotia — leaving one man dead and three sailors lost at sea — was involved in human smuggling, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Wednesday. But Kenney said some of those agencies believe the boat might have been trying to smuggle people into Canada based on its actions. “We don’t have final information but it certainly was some form of irregular travel,’’ he said outside the House

of Commons. “We weren’t aware that these people were coming to Canada.” Five people were rescued from the SV Tabasco 2 about 150 kilometres south of Cape Sable Island after the yacht had a mechanical failure on Monday night. Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said Tuesday the tragedy is being treated as a possible case of human smuggling that went wrong, and that a number of survivors from the yacht have made refugee claims. One man who was pulled

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“We don’t have final information but it certainly was some form of irregular travel” Immigration Minister Jason Kenney, referring to a sailboat that ran into trouble off Nova Scotia’s coast.

from the yacht by a Cormorant helicopter was later pronounced dead in hospital in Yarmouth, N.S., where two other men were being treated for injuries that were described by the co-pilot of the

rescue chopper as cuts and broken bones. Three other people were taken on board the passing tanker FSL Hamburg, which arrived in Saint John, N.B., on Wednesday. The military said they were taken on board the tanker because they were not injured. The RCMP says officers with the Canada Border Services Agency have begun interviewing the two men in Yarmouth and will interview the three other sailors from the tanker in Saint John. The Canadian Press

The shoes that Terri-Lynne McClintic says she wore when Victoria Stafford was killed were the focus Wednesday at the first-degree murder trial of McClintic’s former boyfriend. McClintic testified earlier at Michael Rafferty’s trial that after Tori was killed north of Guelph, Ont., he instructed her to throw her shoes out the car window on a sideroad. Rafferty, 31, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, sexual assault causing bodily harm and kidnapping. A woman who lives in the area testified Wednesday that in about early April 2009 — the month Tori was killed — she was taking a walk on Sideroad 6 near her home north of Guelph and found a pair of white basketball shoes with blue trim and a

single shoe. Lillian Metcalfe says she threw the single shoe out and took the pair of shoes home and washed them, intending to donate them to Goodwill. On May 30 she gave them to police while they were canvassing the area and McClintic later identified them as hers. The jury saw the blue and white Shaq basketball shoes as they were entered as an exhibit at the trial Wednesday. Metcalfe also said there was a car’s back seat in the same area of the side road for a while. She mentioned it to police since she had heard they were searching for Rafferty’s back seat, but by May 30 it was no longer there. She then told the officer about the shoes and he asked her to describe them, Metcalfe said. “I said, ‘Well, I think I can do one better than that,’ ’’ Metcalfe testified Wednesday. “‘I have the shoes in the house. Would you like to see them?’’ Tori’s remains were found partially clothed in a field near Mount Forest, further north of Guelph, more than 100 days after she went missing April 8, 2009. the canadian press

McClintic testimony McClintic testified that after Tori was killed Rafferty went to great lengths to cover up their crime. • “He turned his lights off and pulled onto a sideroad,” she

said of their actions following the murder. “He said, ‘we need to get rid of our shoes, so I believe I tossed my pair of shoes out the car window,” she added.


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U.S., Canada poised to OK Omar Khadr transfer A “frustrated” Omar Khadr could be back in Canada by the end of May, with both Ottawa and Washington poised to approve his transfer from Guantanamo Bay, where the convicted war criminal has been held for almost a decade, The Canadian Press has learned. A source familiar with the file said U.S. Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta was expected to sign off on the transfer within a week. “It’s on his desk, it’s ready,” the source said Wednesday. “The U.S. has no concerns about (Khadr).” Khadr has been caught up in a bureaucratic “Catch-22” since becoming eligible to leave the American prison on Cuba last October under terms of a plea agreement struck a year earlier. The Toronto-born Khadr, 25, pleaded guilty before a much-maligned U.S. military commission to five war crimes he committed as a 15-year-old in Afghanistan in July 2002. In exchange, the Canadian citizen was given an eight-year sentence, with one year to be served in Guantanamo Bay and the remainder in Canada. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has been in no hurry to approve the transfer request, which Khadr’s lawyers submitted to both governments a year ago. Instead, the source said, Ottawa has been scrutinizing the application far more closely than required, looking at issues such as his parole eligibility, which would essentially be almost immediate. The canadian Press

Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. David Butler-Jones, left, speaks to B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Perry Kendall in 2009. Kendall calls for a new approach to federal drug policy. Darryl Dyck/the canadian press

Health officers slam drug policy Criticism. Top municipal, provincial experts denounce federal strategy, call for an evidence-based approach A number of leading figures in Canadian public health are criticizing the federal government’s approach to drug policy, suggesting political ideology is trumping scientific evidence. In a two-pronged attack, the chief medical officers of health for British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia published a commentary

in the journal Open Medicine that calls on the government to rethink strategies like minimum mandatory sentences for minor drug-related offences. And the Urban Public Health Network, a group that represents the chief public health officers in Canada’s 18 largest municipalities, has announced its endorsement of the Vienna Declaration, which calls on governments to draft drug policies based on evidence of what works. “Basically what we’re saying is that we don’t think that the model we’re using is particularly effective,” said Dr. Perry Kendall, British Columbia’s chief medical officer of health. The Canadian Press

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• Call for a drug-policy approach that deals with addiction as a health problem, not a criminal justice issue. • There is no evidence that harm-reduction policies such as needle exchanges lead to increased drug use, wrote the chief medical officers. • They pointed to Portugal as an example of a country that decriminalized drugs a decade ago but hasn’t seen an increase in harm.

Million-dollar baby. Oz Halifax. Court to decide couple charged large on bail for officer for birth of child in B.C. accused of espionage Australia’s foreign affairs minister is looking into the case of a Sydney couple stuck with a million-dollar hospital bill after their daughter was born in Vancouver last August. John Kan and Rachel Evans had taken out travel insurance and extra coverage for Evans’ pregnancy without realizing the policy would not cover the birth or the baby. They were about to return to Australia after their B.C. vacation when Evans went into premature labour at the airport. Piper Kan stayed in the

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neo-natal ward of the B.C. Women’s Hospital and Health Centre for three months and the bill ended up being about $1 million. Evans said she is grateful for any help the government might be able to provide. The canadian press

A Nova Scotia judge will decide Friday whether to grant bail to a navy intelligence officer accused of espionage. Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle appeared in Halifax provincial court Wednesday, charged with communicating information that could harm national interests. He has been in custody at the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility since his arrest in January. Judge Barbara Beach granted the defence’s request for a publication ban covering evidence presented at Delisle’s bail hearing.

Sub-Lt. Jeffrey Paul Delisle. Andrew Vaughan/The canadian press

Delisle was charged under a section of the Security of Information Act that was passed after the 9-11 attacks. The canadian press


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Is this the Year ‘There was no justice Religion. of the Bible? One group really doesn’t think so available to her’ Suicide. Prominent Pakistani acid attack victim ends her life after enduring dozens of surgeries Pakistani acid attack victim Fakhra Younus had endured more than three dozen surgeries over more than a decade to repair her severely damaged face and body when she finally decided life was no longer worth living. The 33-year-old former dancing girl — who was allegedly attacked by her thenhusband, an ex-lawmaker and son of a political powerhouse — jumped from the sixth floor of a building in Rome, where she had been living and receiving treatment. Her March 17 suicide and the return of her body to Pakistan on Sunday reignited furor over the case, which received significant international attention at the time of the attack. Her death came less than a month after a Pakistani filmmaker won the country’s first Oscar for a documentary about acid attack victims. Younus’ story highlights the horrible mistreatment many women face in Pakistan’s conservative, maledominated culture and is a reminder that the country’s rich and powerful often appear to operate with impunity. Younus’ ex-husband, Bilal Khar, was eventually acquitted, but many believe he used

Family members of acid attack victim Fakhra Younus mourn her death at Karachi airport in Pakistan on Sunday. the associated press

his connections to escape the law’s grip — a common occurrence in Pakistan. More than 8,500 acid attacks, forced marriages and other forms of violence against women were reported in Pakistan in 2011, according to The Aurat Foundation, a women’s rights organization. Because the group relied mostly on media reports, the figure is likely an undercount. “The saddest part is that she realized that the system in Pakistan was never going

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Fakhra Younus and Bilal Khar were married for three years, but Younus eventually left him because he allegedly physically and verbally abused her. She claimed that he came to her mother’s house while she was sleeping in May 2000 and poured acid all over her in the presence of her 5-year-old son from a different man.

to provide her with relief or remedy,” Nayyar Shabana

Kiyani, an activist at The Aurat Foundation, said of Younus. “She was totally disappointed that there was no justice available to her.” Younus was a teenage dancing girl working in the red light district of the southern city of Karachi when she met her future husband, the son of Ghulam Mustafa Khar, a former governor of Pakistan’s largest province, Punjab. The unusual pairing was the younger Khar’s third marriage. He was in his mid-30s at the time. the associated press

A U.S.-based organization that supports the idea of freedom from religion has filed a federal lawsuit over a resolution in Pennsylvania that has declared 2012 The Year of the Bible. The Freedom from Religion Foundation, a Madison, Wisc.-based organization, is asking the federal court to declare the resolution a violation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as well as a violation of the constitution of the state of Pennsylvania. “It is offensive to our membership in Pennsylvania to be exhorted by their government to study and apply the scriptures — to have the government anoint the Bible as the holy book for the state,” said Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-founder and co-president of Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF). The resolution states: “The House of Representatives declares 2012 as the Year of the Bible in Pennsylvania in recognition of both the formative influence of the Bible on our CommonPhilippines

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The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) is made up of 17,500 members across the U.S. — with 599 of them in Pennsylvania. Annie Laurie Gaylor, cofounder and co-president, describes her membership as that of “atheists, agnostics and free thinkers.”

wealth and nation and our national need to study and apply the teachings of the holy scripture.” Pennsylvania Representative Rick Saccone, who introduced the resolution, is named as a defendant in the lawsuit. At the time he introduced the resolution he said that both Pennsylvania and the entire U.S. “face great tests and challenges” and that “we must look to our faith in God and the Holy Scripture to provide us with the strength and courage to face these great trials,” according to the lawsuit. torstar news service

rette and a liquor bottle. Education Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali said Wednesday the department will investigate a complaint by the girl’s mother against the St. Theresa’s College High School in central Cebu City to determine whether the penalty was appropriate. A judge is expected to rule on the complaint before Friday’s graduation. the associated press


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Fukushima measures high levels of radiation Plant examination. State of two other reactors, which could be in far worse condition, unknown One of Japan’s crippled nuclear reactors still has fatally high radiation levels and hardly any water to cool its fuel, according to an internal examination that reinforces doubts about the plant’s stability. A tool equipped with a tiny video camera, a thermometer, a dosimeter and a water gauge was used to assess damage inside the No. 2 reactor’s containment chamber Tuesday for the second time since the tsunami swept into the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant a year ago. The data collected showed the damage from the disaster is so severe, the plant operator will have to develop special equipment and technology to tolerate the harsh environment and decommission the plant, a process expected to last decades. The other two reactors that had meltdowns could be in even worse shape. The No. 2 reactor is the only one plant workers have been able to closely examine so far. Tuesday’s examination with an industrial endoscope detected radiation levels up to 10 times the fatal dose inside the chamber. Plant officials previously said more than half of the melted fuel has breached the core and dropped to the floor of the primary containment vessel. Particles from melted fuel have probably sent radiation levels up to a dangerously high 70 sieverts per hour inside the container, said Junichi Matsumoto, spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Co. The figure far exceeds the highest level previously detected, 10 sieverts per hour,

Workers conduct radiation-dose measurement in the Unit 2 reactor’s primary containment vessel at the tsunamicrippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okuma, northeastern Japan. Unit 2 still had fatally high radiation levels and much less water to cool it than officials estimated. Tokyo Electric Power Co./the associated press

which was detected last year. “It’s extremely high,” he said, adding that an endoscope would last only 14 hours in those conditions. “We have to develop equipment that can tolerate high radiation” when locating and removing melted fuel during decommissioning. The plant is continuing to pump water into the reactor. Video footage taken by the probe showed the water inside was clear but contained dark yellow sediments, believed to be fragments of rust, paint that had been peeled off or dust. A probe done in January failed to find the water sur-

Other findings • Water level. The contain-

ment vessel had cooling water up to only 60 cm from the bottom, far below the 10 m estimated when the government declared the plant stable in December.

• Water surface. A probe

done in January failed to find the water surface. Finding the water level was

face and provided only images showing steam, unidentified parts and rusty metal

important to help locate damaged areas where radioactive water is escaping. • Temperature. The actual

water level was way off the estimate. But the results don’t affect the plant’s “cold shutdown status” because the water temperature was about 50 C, indicating the melted fuel is cooled.

surfaces scarred by exposure to radiation, heat and humidity. the associated press

Severe weather ahead: Panel Global warming is leading to such severe storms, droughts and heat waves that countries should prepare for an unprecedented onslaught of deadly and costly weather disasters, an international panel of climate scientists says in a report issued Wednesday. The greatest danger from extreme weather is in highly populated, poor regions of the world, the report warns,

but no corner of the globe — from Mumbai to Miami — is immune. The document by a Nobel Prize-winning panel of scientists forecasts stronger tropical cyclones and more heat waves, deluges and droughts. The report blames the scale of recent and future disasters on a combination of man-made climate change, population shifts and poverty. the associated press

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Record jackpot still up for grabs No one picked the six correct numbers in the latest multi-state Mega Millions lottery game in the U.S., sending the jackpot to a record $476 million for the Friday drawing. Tuesday night’s jackpot was $363 million. the associated press London 2012

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Nabb was found badly beaten in a hotel elevator in January while on vacation. In the days following the attack, Mexican authorities arrested José Ramón Acosta Quintero. A translation from Mazatlan news outlet Noroeste reads, “Incredibly, it was learned that members of the Canadian community in the port hosted a dinner in aid of Acosta Quintero (a) few days ago, in order to raise funds and pay a lawyer.” When contacted by Metro, reporters from Noroeste confirmed a source informed them of the fundraiser hosted by

Canadians in Mexico. Nabb’s boss, Dr. David Peterson, said he was initially surprised and disturbed to hear of the fundraiser, adding she has been going through a long, difficult recovery. “It just seems kind of strange. ... They’ve never supported Sheila and she was the victim here, but yet they choose to support someone who may have been responsible for it,” he said. Peterson said Nabb will likely return to work in three months time. the canadian press With files from Jeremy Nolais

Presidential race. Gingrich refuses to bow out of Republican primary Newt Gingrich’s White House aspirations have been on life support for weeks, but the struggling Republican haughtily defended his decision to remain in his party’s presidential race on Wednesday despite dismal primary results, a serious debt problem and a dramatic cut in staff. Gingrich expressed dismay about suggestions that he should drop out of the race to enable Mitt Romney to seal the nomination well before the party convention in August. “Well, you know, Romney has to earn this,” he said in a radio interview in the U.S. capital. “It’s not going to be given to him and we have every right to run. I have 176,000 folks

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Losing it in the air

A quick look at infamous flyers JetBlue is reviewing its mental-health checks for pilots after Capt. Clayton Osbon went berserk at New York’s JFK airport on Tuesday. Planes can have a funny effect on people, so we looked at some of the other worst-ever flyers.

Gerard Depardieu The renowned French actor caused trouble on a ParisDublin flight last summer. As the plane was about to takeoff, Depardieu was denied entry to the toilets and so used a water bottle instead. Depardieu was escorted off the flight but explained the incident by saying, “I am an elephant.” RIM executives George Campbell and Paul Alexander Wilson were

high-ranking officials with the BlackBerry maker, but had to be tied up after drunken swearing and violence on a December flight. The executives then attempted to chew through the restraints. Naomi Campbell The supermodel subjected airport staff to a barrage of abuse after finding her bags had not been loaded at Heathrow in 2008. Police were called but Campbell

kicked and spat at them, accusing them of prejudice because she was “black and famous.” She received 200 hours of community service. Alec Baldwin Another actor with flight issues. The 30 Rock star was kicked off an American Airlines flight last year after refusing to stop playing Words With Friends on his cellphone. Kieron Monks/metro world news

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Tony Antolino of Rye, N.Y., was one of four passengers who tackled and restrained the captain. Julie Jacobson/the associated press

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A JetBlue Airways captain who sprinted through the cabin of a Las Vegas-bound flight screaming about terrorists, Jesus and Sept. 11 was charged Wednesday with interfering with a flight crew, federal authorities said. Capt. Clayton Osbon told his co-pilot that “things just don’t matter” shortly after JetBlue Flight 191 from New York departed Tuesday, according to an affidavit. Osbon, who was ultimately tackled by passengers while the plane made an emergency landing in Texas, told his copilot that “we’re not going to Vegas” and began what was described as a sermon, the court documents said. “The (first officer) became really worried when Osbon said, ‘We need to take a leap of faith,’” according to the sworn affidavit given by an FBI agent. “Osbon started trying to correlate completely unrelated numbers like different radio frequencies, and he talked about sins in Las Vegas.” Osbon left the cockpit soon after and tensions on the plane began to escalate, according to witness accounts compiled by investigators. Osbon, described by neighbours in Georgia as tall and muscular, “aggressively” grabbed the hands of a flight attend-

ant who confronted him and later sprinted down the cabin while being chased. “Nobody knew what to do because he is the captain of the plane,” said passenger Don Davis. “You’re not just going to jump up and attack the captain.” But four men did just that, using seatbelt extenders and zip-tie handcuffs to restrain and pin Osbon to the floor for more than 20 minutes while the co-pilot and an off-duty pilot who was aboard landed the plane in Amarillo, Texas. Breakdown

“Clearly, he had an emotional or mental type of breakdown.’’ Tony Antolino A security executive who tackled the pilot

The charges against Osbon, 49, were filed in Texas. He was being held Wednesday at Northwest Texas Healthcare System in Amarillo and remains under a medical evaluation. Under federal law, a conviction for interference with a flight crew or attendants can bring up to 20 years in prison. The offence is defined as assaulting or intimidating the crew, interfering with its duties or diminishing its ability to operate the plane. JetBlue spokeswoman Allison Steinberg said earlier Wednesday that Osbon had been suspended pending a review of the flight. the associated press


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Galaxy resembles ‘emerald-cut’ diamond Spotted. Shiny new galaxy dubbed Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds It is the 74,886th galaxy in the Lyon Extragalactic Database (LEDA) of 1.5-million galaxies, but some people are calling the new rectangular cosmic jewel Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. “We did unofficially refer to it as the ‘emerald-cut’ gal-

axy” because of its striking resemblance to an emerald-cut diamond, Australian astronomer Alister Graham told the Toronto Star. That triggered the even more unofficial name from the old Beatles song. And it fits, said Graham. When he and his colleagues first spotted LEDA 074886 some 70-million light years away, their reaction was “Wow, will you look at that.”

Emerald Its importance isn’t just in its shape, Graham said. • “In recent years there has been an increased awareness of blue elliptical-shaped galaxies,” he said. “Perhaps up to four per cent of galaxies fall into this category.

The astronomers discov-

ered the galaxy last year but are just reporting it now in the Astrophysics Journal. The dazzling dwarf galaxy with its spinning deep blue core, blinding white “emerald-cut” surface and sparking red rim is an astronomic anomaly. “Symmetrical rectangular galaxies are very unusual. We were very surprised to find it,” said Graham. TORSTAR news service

The astronomers discovered the galaxy last year but are just reporting it now in the Astrophysics Journal. Swinburne University of Technology

I wear it for my mother. My mom was diagnosed with uterine cancer at age 52 when I was still a teenager and fought it with amazing strength and optimism that was an inspiration to our whole family. Today, she is a happy, healthy woman who continues to inspire the people around her. It is estimated that 4,700 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in Canada in 2012. Supporting cancer research can help to find new and better ways to diagnose and treat the disease.

Join the fight. Wear a daffodil. Do you take milk with your dog? Beyonce, a Dachshund puppy vying for the title of World’s Smallest Dog, is fed in a coffee cup on Wednesday in New York. Animal rescuers in Northern California say Beyonce was so small at birth that she could fit into a spoon. Bebeto Matthews/the associated press

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Big fish: Apollo 11 engines to be rescued from ocean’s depths The huge engines that helped boost the Apollo 11 mission to the moon have been in the Atlantic for more than four decades. Now an Internet billionaire and space enthusiast says he used sonar to spot the artifacts and wants to raise at least one to the surface. In a blog post Wed-

nesday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said he’s making plans to recover the sunken engines, part of the powerful Saturn V rocket that delivered Neil Armstrong to the moon. The engines dropped into the ocean as planned after liftoff in 1969. The engines belong to NASA, but Bezos hopes they’ll go to museums. NASA said it looked forward to hearing more about the recovery. Bezos offered few details, but said the job will be done with private funds. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Pie tax a hot issue for Cameron Cornish pasty. U.K. government called out of touch for tax on popular lunch item

Snack food chain Greggs, at the centre of Britain’s food tax issue. alastair grant/the associated press

war. In his U.K. budget last week, Finance Minister George Osborne announced he would close a loophole which allowed some freshbaked takeout items — including pies, sausage rolls The British government’s and pasties — to escape a 20 intention to tax the humble per cent sales tax. The move, however, has Cornish pasty, a cheap pastry savoury snack much beloved caused a media storm, with by workers and students, has tabloid headlines portraying the new tax as an attack by opened a new front in the T:6.614” country’s never-ending class the Conservative-led govern-

ment on working class life. This Tuesday, Osborne faced questions from a parliamentary committee on aspects of his budget — which included such macroeconomic measures as a cut in the top rate of income tax, a lowering in the personal tax allowance for retired people and reduction in corporation tax. But it was the levy on the lowly pasty — a mixture of meat and vegetables encased in pastry — that generated all

Statement

“I am a pasty eater myself” Prime Minister David Cameron Responding to reporters on the issue

the headlines. “I can’t remember the last time I bought a pasty in Greggs,” Osborne told a parliamentary committee on Tuesday, referring to a low-

price snack shop chain. “That kind of sums it up,” responded Labour Party lawmaker John Mann, a former union official. At a press conference Wednesday to discuss London’s readiness for the Olympics this summer, Prime Minister David Cameron was compelled to pledge allegiance to the pasty. “I am a pasty eater myself,’’ he declared to reporters. the associated press

Jubilee. Queen gets Tussauds makeover The Queen is getting a makeover for her Diamond Jubilee — at Madame Tussauds. The museum says it will unveil a new wax figure of the monarch in May. The new work is the 23rd waxwork of Elizabeth since she first appeared at the London attraction in 1928 as a two-year-old. It is modelled after her official jubilee portrait photograph.

Madame Tussauds said Wednesday that while the Queen did not sit for this latest wax figure, the monarch is very involved and has sent over measurements and approvals for different aspects of the sculpture. The new figure will replace the current sculpture created in 2001. It will be placed alongside her husband, Prince Philip. the associated press

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Some workers in Sweden have found a rather offbeat way to spend their lunch hour. Actually, on-beat is more like it. Dripping with sweat and awash in disco lights, they dance away to pulsating club music at Lunch Beat, a trend that started in Stockholm and is spreading to other cites in Europe.

Then they go back to work. The party starts at noon and goes on for one hour. There’s no alcohol, which gives it a different ambiance than nighttime clubbing, said Daniel Odelstad, the 31-year-old organizer of Lunch Beat Stockholm. “People are sober, it’s in the middle of the day and it is very short, effective and intensive,” he said. “You just have to get in there and dance because the hour ends pretty quickly.” the associated press


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Teen’s slaying now big business The case of an unarmed black teenager killed by a neighbourhood watch volunteer is quickly turning into an Internet-fueled brand. Websites are hawking key chains bearing Trayvon Martin’s likeness. His parents have bought two trademarks, saying they hope to raise money to help other families struck by tragedy. Trayvon clothes, bumper stickers, buttons and posters are up for grabs on Ebay. Vendors selling Martin T-shirts and hoodies have become fixtures at rallies in Sanford, the central Florida town where Martin was shot last month. The Martin shooting by neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who says he shot the 17-year-old Miami teen in self-defence, has inflamed racial tensions across the country, brought out thousands for rallies, prompted a civil rights probe and a personal reference to the case by President Barack Obama. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Trayvon Martin. Shooter has gone into hiding, Zimmerman’s family says they are being threatened

Supporters of an unarmed black U.S. teen who was shot to death pack churches, swarm rallies and wear hooded sweatshirts in solidarity, while friends and family of Trayvon Martin’s shooter remain largely out of sight. The few who have defended neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zim-

merman have done so reluctantly, most fearing public backlash. Zimmerman, 28, has gone into hiding. His version of what happened in Florida on the rainy night of Feb. 26 has only trickled out from police and his attorney. Zimmerman said he was following the 17-year-old Martin because he was acting suspicious. He said he lost sight of the teenager and Martin attacked him as he headed back to his sport utility vehicle. Zimmerman told police he fired in self-defence and has not been charged, touching off widespread public outrage and

protests across the country. Martin’s supporters believe race played a role in the shooting. Martin was black; Zimmerman’s father is white and his mother is Hispanic. “The family has had death threats, the father and mother, George has had death threats. Anything related to George is a target,” said Miguel Meza, who identified himself as Zimmerman’s cousin. Martin’s supporters, which include a host of outspoken celebrities and civil rights leaders, don’t believe Zimmerman’s story. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Hoodie in the House rebuked This handout frame grab from video provided by House Television shows Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., wearing a hoodie as he speaks on the floor of the House on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday. Rush donned a hoodie during the speech on the House floor deploring the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, receiving a reprimand for violating rules on wearing hats in the House chamber. House Television/the associated press

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The White House says Syria’s acceptance of a United Nations-backed plan to end violence in the country does not change the U.S. view that Syrian President Bashar Assad must leave power. White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the U.S. has heard promises from Assad before. He says the U.S. will view the Assad regime on its actions, not its words. Assad said Monday that he was accepting the sixpoint plan first introduced by UN envoy Kofi Annan. The plan calls for a ceasefire and the beginning of a political dialogue that can lead to a democracy.

A half-dozen senators are pushing a resolution condemning the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad for mass atrocities and humanrights abuses against the nation’s people. In introducing the measure, the Republican senators and Independent Joe Lieberman criticized President Barack Obama for what they called a failure of leadership. The United Nations estimates that more than 9,000 Syrians have died in the continuing violence. Senator John McCain, Obama’s 2008 Republican presidential rival, asked how many more have to die before the United States takes a leadership role to end the slaughter. The nonbinding resolution urges the president to work with Arab countries to provide Syrian rebels with the means to defend themselves, including weapons. It stops short of calling for airstrikes against Syria, as McCain has urged.

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Syrian forces take latest rebel-held town Saraqeb. Forty killed by government forces since Sunday, activists say Syrian activists said Wednesday a government offensive in northern Syria during which troops overran a major opposition stronghold has left behind scenes of destruction, with corpses in the streets, homes burned to the ground and shops that have been pillaged and looted. The reports of 40 people dead in Saraqeb since Sunday come as Arab leaders meeting in Baghdad remain deeply divided over how to help solve Syria’s yearlong crisis. President Bashar Assad said he has accepted a sixpoint UN plan to resolve the conflict, including a ceasefire, but the opposition is deeply skeptical that he will carry it out. The fall of Saraqeb, a large town on the main highway

linking the northern city of Aleppo with the Syrian capital, was the latest in a string of opposition strongholds to fall to ruthless assaults by the better-equipped Syrian military. Most of those strongholds and areas around them have since seen renewed flare-ups in violence, reflecting the resiliency of the uprising and the military’s inability to firmly put down the revolt. Activists on Wednesday also reported clashes between

Syrian army units and rebels in the country’s centre, east and south. At least four civilians, four soldiers and five army defectors were killed in the central town of Qalaat al-Madiq and nearby villages, activists said, as troops advanced and closed in on rebels. The town, in Hama province, has been battered by heavy machine-guns and artillery for days. Activists said the town’s historic castle was not spared the shelling. “People are fleeing their

homes, many of them unsure which direction to take,” said an activist in the area who identified himself as Ammar. The military seized Saraqeb overnight after a four-day offensive that began Sunday. Rebel fighters had an active presence in the northern town and used it as a base to target army convoys nearby. In Saraqeb, as in other towns and cities recaptured recently by the army, Syrian troops left behind a trail of death and destruction. The associated press

“Regime forces have forcibly displaced a large number of activists’ families, and burned and shelled approximately 300 homes. They also pillaged and set fire to most shops,” the LCC said in a statement. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the

reports and said most of the town’s residents had fled along with the rebels. It said more than 40 people had been killed during the fighting over recent days. The reports by the groups and by other activists could not be independently confirmed.

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Urgent appeal The Local Coordination Committees network issued an appeal for international humanitarian organizations to urgently visit the town and said there were many unidentified corpses and wounded people there.

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Diplomacy. Arab League looking to resolve conflict

In this citizen-journalism image, black smoke rises from buildings in Homs, Syria. Three Syrian soldiers died in clashes with rebels on Wednesday just a day after President Bashar Assad said he has accepted a UN plan to resolve the country’s crisis. The associated press/Local coordination Committees in syria THE ASSOCIATED PRESS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS HANDOUT PHOTO

The 22-member Arab League was discussing a new resolution on the Syria conflict at a summit in Baghdad. The body’s foreign ministers were expected to ask their heads of state to urge the Syrian regime to halt its crackdown on civilians, allow humanitarian groups into the country and free detainees. The ministers were meeting in the Iraqi capital on Wednesday, and heads of state will gather on Thursday. A Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Jihad Makdessi, said Damascus would “not deal with any initiative” that might come out of the 22-member Arab League. The league suspended Syria’s membership last year as a part of a package of sanctions aimed at pressuring it to stop the crackdown. Arab countries are divided over how aggressively to intervene in Syria’s turmoil. Gulf nations, particularly Saudi Arabia and Qatar, are believed to want to start

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providing weapons to Syria’s rebels and even carve out a “safe area” inside the country that the opposition can use as a staging ground. Iraq, the host of this week’s summit, is more cautious. Baghdad’s Shiite-dominated government is close to Iran, Assad’s closest ally, and is wary of hurting those ties. The associated press

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Two of Canada’s younger federal politicians are grabbing attention and raising money for the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation by trading their metaphorical political jabs for literal ones in a boxing ring this weekend. But with young people staying away from voting in droves, Metro decided to ask them and the NDP’s youngest leadership contender if they have any ideas about how to hold the public’s attention and attract more youth to politics.

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Young Tory senator fights in ring, on Twitter. There should be more young people in the Senate: Patrick Brazeau

Conservative Sen. Patrick Brazeau flexes his muscles outside Parliament in Ottawa. SEAN MCKIBBON/metro

Young Liberal MP fights to be more than a younger version of his dad. Developing own expertise, own sense of identity is important whatever field you go into: Justin Trudeau Justin Trudeau certainly isn’t the youngest MP kicking around the House of Commons these days. But no matter what his age, he will always be perceived as a younger version of his dad. Except that’s the comparison Trudeau is trying to distance himself from, looking to make his own mark in his third year as Liberal MP for Papineau.

Patrick Brazeau doesn’t look like your archetypal senator — especially in his Twitter profile pic, showing off his generous, tattooed muscles. Brazeau, 37, hails from Kitigan Zibi First Nation in Quebec, served in the Canadian Forces and was chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples before he was the youngest Canadian ever named to the Senate in 2008. Sober second thought doesn’t necessarily improve with age, he said. “Many people who’ve had long careers and are appointed to the Senate, obviously they have many things to

“I bring my own aspects to politics on my own merits and I think that’s very, very important for any young person going into any field — that they be able to develop their own expertise, their own sense of identity,” said Trudeau, 40. So what makes him stand out from his slightly older peers on Parliament Hill? For one, he said voting isn’t “cool” and doesn’t want to make it appear cool either. “You don’t make voting cool, that’s where everyone has failed,” he said. “What you have to do is make voting important to young people. Make them understand that their voices matter.” Trudeau — who has more than 120,000 Twitter followers — said he can

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“I would hope that any youth would listen to any politician who would have a good and positive message, but I think that the fact that I am a little bit younger than most of my colleagues, it lends a little bit of credibility.” Patrick Brazeau On engaging youth

feel as though they are selling out to mainstream Canada and they may feel assimilated. “I think it’s the exact opposite effect. The more people who become engaged, it can only mean a better life for them.” Jessica Smith/metro

Mobilization

“If youth voted to 80 per cent turnout the way seniors vote to 80 per cent turnout, we’d never have another conversation about tuition fees in Parliament ever.” Justin Trudeau On the youth vote

do that by engaging youth through social media. A Twitter campaign is just the start, though. He said he wants to mobilize youth in the streets to get them more interested in politics. JOE LOFARO/metro

Young NDP MP made a bid for party leadership. Being at the forefront encourages others to get involved: Niki Ashton

Niki Ashton.

contribute, but equally important is to have young voices in the Senate,” he said. He’ll be fighting for the Conservatives when he boxes Justin Trudeau at an Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation fundraiser on Saturday — something his older colleagues in the Senate aren’t as able to do. He often takes ideological fights with “leftists” to Twitter, engaging in flame wars with citizens, politicians and journalists. “I’m certainly not a rebel, but I’m certainly not afraid of answering back in a factual manner as much as I can,” he said. Brazeau said he also uses social media to encourage young people — especially aboriginal youth — to get involved in politics. “It’s doubly hard to engage aboriginal youth,” he said. “Aboriginal youth

Niki Ashton isn’t part of any literal boxing matches, but she stepped up as a contender in her party’s biggest title bout — the race to replace Jack Layton. Ashton sometimes — but not always — got more attention for her youth than her ideas in her NDP leadership bid. “Some people looked at my age and thought it was a plus, and some people looked beyond my age,” said the 29-year-old MP for Churchill, adding she’s happy

Justin Trudeau outside Parliament in Ottawa. sean mckibbon/metro

to be a standard-bearer for young Canadians. “We’ve been told that we’re the generation that may live less well-off than our parents, and I find that statement unacceptable,” Ashton said. “I mean, we’ve got tremendous wealth, tremendous opportunity in our country and there’s no reason we should be less well-off.” Ashton acknowledged young people are less likely to vote, but they’re easier to reach through social media and issue-based campaigns. Seeing more people their age in politics, she said, also helps. “More young people get involved when they see young people at the forefront and speaking out on the issues that matter,” she said. “Our party, I’m proud to

Visibility

“Jack Layton inspired many people, many young people particularly, to come out and be part of the process, and that’s something that I very much want to continue.” Niki Ashton On engaging youth

say, is one where if you turn on the TV and watch Parliament, we actually look like Canada. The same cannot be said for other parties that have very little representation from young people or women or the diversity of Canada.” STEVE COLLINS/for metro

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Meet Canada’s youngest MPs

Everything old was once young too — including Parliament’s Rat Pack

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Pierre-Luc Dusseault

Charmaine Borg

Mylène Freeman

Michelle Rempel

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Old politicians were young once, too, and it’s perhaps no surprise that many older prominent politicians in office (and some out of office) were once also hailed as the new young bucks of their day. Following the Liberal party’s defeat in the 1984 election to Brian Mulroney, a group of young and then relatively unknown Liberals gained prominence and was dubbed the Rat Pack. The group included Don Boudria, Sheila Copps, Brian Tobin and John Nunziata.

The Liberal party’s Rat Pack, from left, Brian Tobin, Don Boudria, Sheila Copps and John Nunziata joke with then-Opposition leader John Turner, centre, after giving him a Rat Pack T-shirt in his Parliament Hill office in 1985. Ron Poling/The Canadian press

Andrew Scheer

Scott Andrews

Jean-François Fortin

Justin Trudeau

Scott Simms

Con.—Regina-Qu’Appelle

Lib.—Avalon

BQ.—Haute-Gaspésie-La MitisMatane-Matapédia

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In the late 1990s a group of Reform-party politicians, Jason Kenney, Rahim Jaffer and Rob Anders, followed in the Rat Pack’s footsteps and were dubbed the Snack Pack because of their youth and penchant for eating junk food while talking policy. Metro For more political coverage, visit metronews.ca

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10. Heritage Minister James Moore, 35. 9. Liberal-Conservative William Miller was 32 when he went to the Red Chamber in 1867. He stayed until his death in 1912 at the age of 77.

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1. Unless you count the one-member Green party (Leader Elizabeth May is 57), the Liberals are the oldest party, with an average age of 54.56 years. The Conservative caucus averages 51.91 years.

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Bureaucracy to bear brunt of cuts: Flaherty Federal budget. Conservative sources say spending cutbacks likely to total $7 billion in annual savings by the 2014-15 fiscal year Sources and officials agree Flaherty’s seventh budget — and first with a parliamentary majority to back it — will be his longest and most farreaching, laying the foundations for a business-friendly Canada with smaller government and curtailed social entitlements. The finance minister said much of the burden of cuts will fall primarily on the public service — which will shed tens of thousands of jobs — insisting services to Canadians will be mostly left untouched. The budget will also seek to curtail long-term spending by slowing the growth of entitlements such as elderly benefits under Old Age Security, building on December’s decision to limit future health-care transfers to the

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty tries on a pair of new shoes Wednesday in Ottawa ahead of his budget delivery Thursday. Fred Chartrand/the canadian press

growth in the economy. Reports suggest Flaherty also intends to give notice to the public-service unions they must pay more for their indexed pension plans. And the CBC will likely see its wings clipped, by anywhere from five to 10 per cent of the annual $1-billion funding.

The House of Commons sent a signal Wednesday of the belt-tightening in store for most, if not all, departments. An all-party committee voted to decrease MPs office expenses by almost seven per cent — $30.3 million — over the next three years. the canadian press

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Reach deeper into your pockets, Mr. Flaherty I’m concerned about the federal budget, which is fortunate beJohn Mazerolle cause the more concerned I am metronews.ca/hesays about something the easier it is to reach my word count. As I write this, journalists are using all their skills (begging and whining) to get “government sources” to tell them budget details before today’s official announcement. But I know how it will go: 1) Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will explain that the budget is a fiscally conservative plan (except for the prisons and jets part) and that it will create jobs (except for the jobs-cuts part), and that it shows that Canadians have a bright future (except that we’re one step away from DOOM and only the Conservatives can protect us). 2) The opposition leaders will, using talking points they wrote three weeks ago, explain that Flaherty has the same moral standing as, say, Satan, and that the budget document is the worst thing they’ve read since Twilight. 3) The opposition will vote for it anyway. I don’t know about you, but this era of deep cuts is starting to get me down. There’s the world economic collapse, where countries like Greece decide they can’t have nice things anymore and burn them. There’s provincial woes, where places like Ontario have budget speeches that read like eulogies. And in Toronto, where I live, the only thing approaching economic good news is when sports fans win free pizza because the Raptors score 100 points. (Rumour has it the Leafs have a similar promotion, but it’s been lost to the mists of time). It’s getting to the point where we should really give up on the tradition of finance ministers buying new shoes on budget day. Instead, he or she should pose for newspapers with a nice, shiny axe. I’m trying to take a pragmatic, level-headed approach to the cuts, which is why I offer the following advice to Mr. Flaherty. Forgive me if this is trite, but I think the government should -— this is important, write it down — wear a lot of jackets. I’ll explain. I, like Canada itself, am in debt up to my earmuffs. But I just made some money back, as I do every spring, because I pulled out a spring jacket and discovered a crisp $5 bill. Pretty sweet. Clearly, all MPs should carry the federal coffers in their jacket pockets. Then wait till next spring and reap the surprise windfall. This works so well for me that I’m thinking about getting more jackets to increase my return. I’m pretty sure Ben Bernanke does this as well. Frankly, Mr. Flaherty, I see this as our only hope. If you don’t agree, I’ll be deeply concerned. At least until I hit my word count. Now.

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Playwright is hands-on when it comes to his work Collaborator. Daniel MacIvor takes on many roles to get his work to the stage, and isn’t afraid to call in help

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While he remains one of Canada’s most pre-eminent playwrights, Daniel MacIvor’s need to collaborate has pushed him to try his hand at a variety of roles in both the theatre and onscreen. For example, in between doing press for his latest composition, Was Spring, the jack-of-all-trades was blocking his actor’s movements. “I’m trying not to block it,” he quips. ““Its more of a psychological reality than a physical reality.” MacIvor both wrote and directed the play, which he describes as three generations of women trying to work through a tragedy. “How do we deal with tragedy?” he says. “The only way out is through.” This hands-on approach is MacIvor’s favoured method. Early on in his 25-year

career, he found that his scripts weren’t capturing the imaginations of directors and producers. “People didn’t get the page, but they got the stage,” he says. “I needed to show them.” In response, he founded the da da Kamera production troupe. Eschewing traditional theatre roles, da da Kamera put individual egos aside and focused on the final product. “As a playwright I needed to become a producer,” he admits in retrospect. An actor by training, he learned the rest of his skills on the fly. “I came to it by doing it.” One of the troupe’s founding members was Caroline Gillis, one of Was Spring’s three stars. “The first play I’m known for was for Caroline so she’d move from Halifax to Toronto,” he says, noting that he prefers mixing his work and his personal life. “We need to choose the people we work with,” he says. “How do I get to work with the people I really care about? “If one approaches it from that point of view, one will be far more satisfied.” Was Spring. April 4- May 6. Tarragon Theatre Extra Space, 30 Bridgman Ave. $23-$30.

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From fetching java to just plain fetching Alyssa Reid. Quoted Singer talks about juggling a regular teen “I was kind of trying to have the teenage girl life and the teenage pop star life and they kind of don’t life with the life of mix very well.” Singer-songwriter Alyssa Reid a Juno performer Between getting bruised on the rugby field, pouring java at Tim Hortons, finishing high school and touring Canada, Ontariobased singer-songwriter Alyssa Reid realized something had to give. “I was kind of trying to have the teenage girl life and the teenage pop star life and they kind of don’t mix very well,

especially when you’re joining sports teams and then going on tour two weeks later covered in bruises,” the 19-year-old said. “I went on a tour called the SodaPOP tour and I could not wear a dress the entire tour because I was covered head to toe in bruises. It was not a good scene and I do not play rugby anymore.” Nor does she work at Tim Hortons anymore, a job she held down for a year and a

half while she toured with the likes of pop/dance artist Danny Fernandes and R&B/hip-hopper JRDN. The high-school graduate can now focus on her soaring music career, which has seen her get a 2012 Juno nomination for new artist of the year. Other nominees include JRDN, Dan Mangan, Diamond Rings, and Lindi Ortega. Reid will also perform her

hit pop/hip-hop single, Alone Again, at the Ottawa bash on Sunday in what she calls a “live mash-up” between five pop acts. The tune, a new interpretation of the 1987 Heart hit Alone, features P. Reign and is on Reid’s upcoming album The Game, due out on June 21. “I did not think when we released Alone Again that it was going to have the reaction it did,” said Reid, who got a 2011 MuchMusic Video Award nomination for best pop video for the tune. “So to get to be travelling the world and going to the Junos and performing at the Junos is a pretty overwhelming thing.” The Canadian Press

In Muchmusic’s The L.A. Complex, Joe DiNicol plays a wannabe stand-up comedian struggling to break into the business; in the new comedy Servitude, he’s an aspiring writer who waits tables at a garish Westernthemed restaurant while nursing his personal blog. If it’s not exactly a case of art imitating life, it’s also not that far from the truth. “I’ve been very lucky to work as much as I have, says the 29-year-old Stratford-born actor, “but over the last seven years, I have had to work in restaurants to make ends meet.” His experiences are hardly unique among the cast of Servitude. DiNicol says that most of his co-stars could relate to their characters’ experiences refilling drinks and bussing tables. “It’s easier to look back fondly on it when you’re doing what you love for a living, he says, “as opposed to [when you’re actually doing it], having drinks at the end of the shift and steaming about your experiences in the restaurant industry. Because we were making a movie about it, it was a bit of a celebration. It was very cathartic. We were all able to use our

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experiences to the benefit of the movie.” With its crude dialogue and gross-out visual jokes, Servitude is a broad comedy, which DiNicol says suits him just fine. “I come from a family of hams,” he laughs, and he means it: his grandfather was the great Canadian stage actor John Neville. But he also points out that Servitude tries to balance its gags against an affirmative attitude about the service industry — that for all of its exaggerated jokes about rude customers and gross working conditions, it’s actually affectionate about its chosen milieu. “That’s one of the most important things about the movie, that it says this is not a profession to be looked down on or condescended to. I’ve worked with people whose knowledge of food and wine is legendary, and whose ability to handle people of all sorts is quite astounding.”

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Showing some love to La Belle Ville TV. Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain loves Montreal’s ‘uniquely crazy’ food When celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain was compiling his list of international cities to feature on the TV show The Layover, Montreal was a no-brainer for inclu-

sion. That’s because the city’s cuisine is “uniquely crazy, uniquely individualistic and rugged and excessive and wonderful,” according to the New York City native. “It says Canada to me,” he added during a recent telephone interview. The premise behind the The Layover was simple but highly challenging: Bourdain spent between 24 and

48 hours in each of 10 cities and packed in as much hard living as the liver and the rest of his body could take. Viewers are taken off the beaten track as Bourdain, who has also written several books and stars in Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, shows them where to visit and where to stay around the globe. The Montreal episode also includes debate on

whether its bagels are better than New York’s, as well as adventures involving dragon boats and surfing on the St. Lawrence River. “We were looking to do something fast and different, and a little scary, something that challenged and pushed us,” says the 55-year-old. But was it fun? “Most of the time,” is his immediate reply. “It was difficult. Essen-

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tially, it’s eight days of serious eating and drinking compressed into two (for the purposes of ) the show. “That’s tough. It was very physically demanding and a little intimidating, a little frightening to embark on a bold new venture like that, especially when you’re eating and drinking as much as I was.” The series has aired in the United States and gets its Canadian debut on Travel + Escape on April 11. The Montreal episode is set for broadcast May 2. Bourdain has fond memories of Montreal dating back to a book tour in 2001 when local chefs took him under their wing. “I knew we could make a good show there and have a good time doing it. It’s my favourite city in Canada. “I love the chefs there,” he says, ringing off the names of Martin Picard (Au Pied de Cochon) Normand Laprise (Toque) Frederic Morin and David McMillan (both Joe Beef ) as some of the outstanding ones. “It’s the most uniquely

Canadian food in Canada. In Vancouver the cuisine is a very strong mix of great Asian food from all over Asia, a lot of great homegrown stuff, but the cuisine in Montreal could exist nowhere else other than Quebec. “It looks and tastes different from food anywhere else and the chefs, particularly when you’re talking about Martin or Fred or Dave, are unlike chefs anywhere else.” Bourdain has plans to do another season of The Layover this summer and Canada’s largest city will be getting in on the fare. “Toronto will be on the list for sure,” he says of a city he has visited several times but never featured on any of his shows. Bourdain says that when he talks to journalists and chefs from elsewhere in Canada, he always hears trash talk about Toronto. “I feel sort of an obligation to highlight that there is indeed good food there and good people, as I know from personal experience,” he says. the canadian press


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Not a ‘sweetie-darling-honey-baby book’ Reading. Frank Langella dishes about ex-lovers, villains and the famous in his memoir The phone at Frank Langella’s home rings and rings, unanswered. The very private three-time Tony Award winner apparently is not willing to answer questions about his debut book. Oh, wait: It turns out he has inadvertently given out the number for his fax machine. “We’ll talk to Dr. Freud about that sometime,” he jokes when the right number is called and he gets on the line. It turns out that Langella, fresh off the Broadway revival of Terence Rattigan’s Man and Boy, would very much like to talk about his literary debut, the memoir Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women as I Knew Them, which went on sale this week. The book is a collection of 66 impressionistic sketches of movie stars, social celebrities, Broadway icons, politicians and writers, including John F. Kennedy, George C. Scott, Tip O’Neill, Bette Davis, Jill Clayburgh and Charlton Heston. All but one are dead. There are stories of dating Elizabeth Taylor, streaking in front of Sir Laurence Olivier, playing Scrabble with Paul Mellon and being wooed by both Noel Coward and Roddy McDowall (neither attempt succeeded, he writes). He and Marilyn Monroe shared just one word, but it changed his life. Langella plumbs his long

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career, which has put him in arm’s reach of many famous people. He’s gone from a sexy Dracula, Cyrano and Sherlock Holmes to a mature Richard Nixon in Frost/Nixon onstage and on-screen, Sir Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons and Perry White in Superman Returns. Not all the celebrities come off well, including Richard Burton (“Could anyone, I wondered, be so unaware of what a crashing bore he had become?”), Anthony Quinn (“a big bully”) and Paul Newman (“emotionally vacant”). Langella also doesn’t spare himself. He acknowledges being a terrible boor around Deborah Kerr and Dinah Shore, did something “unforgivable” to Jackie Kennedy and is wistful about being a lover to a faded Rita Hayworth, saying she was “the single most tragic example of how far from the real person an image can be.” He calls Cutthroat Island one of his worst films, “the single most egregious example of excess I have ever witnessed in the movie world.” “I really felt very strongly that I wasn’t going to write a sweetie-darling-honey-baby book,” he says. “Most celebrities’ biographies I read I can’t get through — they’re either immensely self-raising or absolutely whitewashing.” Langella says he sought out permission from relatives and intimate friends of his

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over-the-top wisecracking demeanour.” In one story, Langella writes that fellow actors teased Mitchell by spinning him around in a too-small jacket. “I’ve never forgotten the look in his eyes. I’ve never forgotten the sad, broken terror when everyone around him was just laughing their heads off, thinking how funny it was,” Langella says.

“That’s around the corner for everybody if we don’t watch out. I suppose that chapter means a lot to me because of the ephemeralness of life and also the ephemeralness of my profession.” Langella says there are so many people who didn’t make the cut in the book that he’s already considering a second volume of Dropped Names. the associated press

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Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan facing another legal battle With her probation set to end today, Lindsay Lohan is bracing as another legal battle heats up. Thaer Kamal has reportedly handed over surveillance footage he claims shows the actress hitting him with her car and then driving away outside a Hollywood hookah lounge, according to Radar Online. And Kamal’s lawyers may be interested in more than just a hit-and-run investigation, as reports recently surfaced that Kamal has a history of insurance fraud,

Justin Bieber

Bieber’s phone prank lands him in hot water again Justin Bieber’s latest Twitter antics are causing him some legal trouble. Bieber posted a random phone number — minus the final digit — and wrote: “Call me right now.” Two Texas residents reportedly received more than 1,000 phone calls and are now suing the Canadian pop

star for damages due to “reckless behaviour,” according to Hollyscoop. What kind of damages are we talking about? Millions? No. They’re reportedly after tickets to a Bieber concert, an apology and an endorsement of an online business run by one of the plaintiffs, among other things.

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Twitter @ParisHilton ••••• At the airport about to take off to Sydney! Haven’t been to Australia in a long time, so I’m very excited for this trip! Love it there! @jimmyfallon ••••• I once was talked into getting a perm. (I was in college & it was free.)

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There are few reality TV stars who know how to game the system as well as Bethenny Frankel. Her ambition is aweinspiring: She’s risen from a throwaway contestant on 2005’s The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, to, despite not being married, one of the original five “housewives” on The Real Housewives of New York City. From there, she wrote several New York Times bestselling books, starred in two spin-offs, Bethenny Getting Married? and Bethenny Ever After, and founded the company Skinnygirl Cocktails, which she sold last year for an alleged

$120 million dollars. But is she so driven that she’s letting her marriage to husband Jason Hoppy suffer? That’s what In Touch is reporting. They say that Hoppy has moved out of their New York City apartment and is staying at a nearby hotel. They report that Hoppy is claiming he ditched the $5 million Tribeca condo he shares with Frankel and their 23-monthold daughter, Bryn, because of renovations. But a source thinks he also left because he’s fed up with Bethenny’s diva behaviour. “The fighting has gotten worse,” the source tells In Touch. Apparently, Frankel has become overly obsessed with the launch of her L.A.based talk show. “Her energy has been nervous and neurotic,” the source says. “He can’t take it anymore, so he’s been doing everything on his own.” Or, this drama could just be fabricated in order for fans to train their attention back on Frankel in time for her talk show, set to launch in September. She’s witchy that way.

something he vehemently denies. “Thaer feels that Lindsay’s camp has bullied him by making up stories that he was being investigated for insurance fraud,” a source says. “(His lawyers) will be investigating who made those false statements about Thaer being the focus of insurance fraud investigations and will take the appropriate legal action against those responsible for the false and defamatory comments if necessary.”

Megan Fox

Megan Fox rumoured to be pregnant After answering a slew of parenting-related questions while promoting Friends with Kids, Megan Fox is reportedly expecting her first child with husband Brian Austin Green, according to Star magazine. “They just found out,”

a source claims, “And are incredibly excited.” The happy couple won’t be sharing the news just yet, though, the source warns. “It’s still early, so they are only telling close friends and family members.”

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Trend of the week: white vs. floral brights Fashion fight. Which trend will win in this spring style dust-up?

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Forget about the magazines for a second, and let’s talk about the trends that women are actually wearing. When it comes to updating your wardrobe for spring, there seems to be two schools of thought emerging on the street. In the right corner: Team White. This is a look that is painfully easy to pull off (hurrah) and reliably chic. A win-win, no? The trick is to wear it head-to-toe — like, ivory trousers and a matching blazer as a fashion forward update on the work suit or white shorts and a coordinating button-down as a light way to ease into spring. Just don’t eat any condi-

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In this hectic modern world, Twitter has become a cool and succinct way of communicating. It allows me to be accessible, instantly speak my mind, and connects me with all kinds of people. Whether it’s a fashion question or you just want to comment on life’s bigger picture, I’d love to hear from you.

@Jeanne_Beker: How many prs of shoes does one really need to take on a beach vacation? Flip flops, sneakers, wedges, stilettos.. + how many of each? Arghh!

@Jeanne_Beker:Barbados: Heaven on earth! My terrace at The Crane. Savouring EVERY second. And I just got here!!!

Bottoms up. Ditch those dull blue jeans in exchange for some extra loud leg-wear

@Joanna242 ••••• Leave the sneakers behind and pack a couple of extra pairs of sexy sandals... @Jeanne_Beker But what if I want to hit the tennis court? Or go for a sail??? @jamillahross ••••• Barbados is very fashionable. I’d pack more shoes, not less. @Jeanne_Beker Good advice!!!

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@fashionNE ••••• I would kill for some of that rum punch right now, feels like a Monday morning here in the real world

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Your attention, please: One of the easiest ways to spruce up your wardrobe this spring is with a splash of colour. It doesn’t have to go on your lips or over your shoulder — and not across your chest, either. This season, the place for bold colour is on the bottom. Coloured denim and, by extension, every other kind of pants and trousers in hues as bright as the rainbow, are a key look in stores at every end of the shopping spectrum. Part of the pervasiveness is that it’s pretty democratic: You find the shape and silhouette that you like best and find the shade that best complements your skin tone. Swap out blue or khaki and, voila, you’re on trend. Think of it as you would a fresh coat of paint.

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“You can’t deny what’s going on with colour,” says Daniel Guez, CEO and creative director of the upscale denim label Dylan George. “Everyone can participate in this.” Yes, bright yellow bottoms might seem a little intimidating at first, says Tana Ward, American Eagle’s chief merchandising officer, but adds,

“We see coloured bottoms as easy to wear, believe it or not.” Reverse whatever outfit you would have worn before, she suggests: Instead of jeans and a bold pink or red top, put the colour on the bottom and pair it with a denim chambray shirt — maybe even a western style — or go for a little femininity with a white lace tank top peeking out the top of a crisp white or blue button-down. You’re also likely to find an easy transition into crocheted or other loose-weave sweaters in natural, neutral colours, too, Ward says. However, she adds, while there are many user-friendly ways to wear coloured pants, don’t expect any of them to go unnoticed. Turning a few heads is the point, Ward says, and eventually you’ll gain the confidence to put the bright top with the bright bottom. “Being bold is very modern ... and the most modern way to do this is colour on colour. Wear the unexpected — a red bottom, tangerine tank and cobalt blue cardigan.” The associated press Men’s grooming

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The very best of Queen West Meet the condo • What. The Carnaby Lofts by Streetcar Development and Dundee Realty • Check it. 11 Peel Ave., carnabylofts.com, 416-690-9009 • Pricing. From 491 to 829 sq. ft., From the mid-$200,000s

The project overview

Location and transit

The Carnaby takes its inspiration from Carnaby Street in London’s west end. A fab new development in Toronto’s eclectic Queen West neighbourhood, the twenty-storey tower will rise above Queen Street near Gladstone Avenue.

Centrally located a block from the Queen Street West streetcar and just minutes to the downtown core. A short jaunt to the Gardiner Expressway for commuters, and a few blocks from the Exhibition GO train station.

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In the ’hood Residents will enjoy the neighbourhood’s many vintage shops and indie boutiques, the Gladstone Hotel, The Drake, oysters at Fishbar or late night drinks at the Beaver. Visit the Farmer’s Market in Liberty Village or explore the many local art galleries.

Building amenities Residents will have access to an indoor party and media room and an outdoor terrace. The condo will also have a state-of-the-art and fully-equipped fitness centre, a bar, a full kitchen and a sun lounge complete with bed-sized chaises.

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Under construction: 183 high-rise buildings Paul Golini jr.

Chair of the Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and can be found at twitter.com/bildgta), (facebook.com/bildgta), and bildblogs.ca.

There are 183 high-rise buildings under construction across the city right now. That’s pretty specific and they’re not all residential, according to the City of Toronto’s latest economic dashboard report, but the majority are, and we’re building more than most major metropolitan cities across North America by leaps and bounds. The encouraging part is that the latest tally may be a sign that our neighbour to the south is recovering and starting to build again. Major U.S. cities like Chicago, Houston and Miami

are building at a better pace than this time last year. For example, last year Houston only had four high-rise buildings under construction and this month, they’ve got 23. Not to brag, but Toronto is beating New York and Chicago, which have 75 and 25 high-rise buildings under construction right now, respectively. If you can believe it, New York’s construction activity is actually down from last year, when the city had 95 highrise buildings under construction. Back at home, the City of Mississauga is on the map with 13 high-rise buildings under construction this month. That’s up from seven this time last year. In the City of Toronto, the value of residential building permits was more than $1.1 billion by the end of last year. What that amounts to this year are jobs, jobs, jobs and not only that, but economic spin-off from wages spent and income taxes collected. And let’s not forget that what it all really amounts to is new homes and communities for people like you.

Taking a bite out of the Big Apple

“Not to brag, but Toronto is beating New York and Chicago, which have 75 and 25 high-rise buildings under construction right now, respectively. If you can believe it, New York’s construction activity is actually down from last year, when the city had 95 high-rise buildings under construction.” Paul Golini Jr.

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Duncan McAllister

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By now, everyone has heard of the most expensive condo sold in Canadian history. That would be the 55th floor, 9,038-square foot condominium penthouse at the Four Seasons hotel and private residences that sold for $28 million last year to a mystery foreign buyer. Average Joe: But what if you’re not an oil baron or jetsetting industrialist? Can you still get a condo in Toronto for $140,000? The answer is yes. Kind of. There are many affordable units available from resale inventory. These are apartments and condos outside the core that may be 10 to 40 years old. They are quite roomy, but buyer beware; your costs will be high. According to Shana Bahrami, a realtor affiliated with

Right at Home Realty Inc., “I tell my clients you can find them really, really cheap but guess what? The maintenance fee is extremely high so you might as well put that money into a new condo.” Take, for example, a 1,200-square-foot condo-apartment unit listed this week in Etobicoke with an asking price of $135,000. “What a bargain!” you say. But you’ll pay $1,230 yearly taxes and $613 in monthly maintenance fees. The building is over 20 years old. At that age, expensive things like elevators, plumbing and masonry wear out long after the building reserve fund has dried up. Maybe it’s not such a good deal after all. This week, Metro looks at four of the hottest GTA condo locations. A little shopping around shows that you need only get out of the downtown core a bit to find affordable new condo living.

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• At the high end. The Park

College Park, Yonge and Gerrard streets. $18,375,500 for 11,370 square feet. Canderel’s Aura is to be one of the tallest condos in Toronto at 78 storeys.

sance at Yonge Street and Lorne Avenue. $945,000 for 1,975 square feet. This beautiful new development by Tridel will have only 104 units.

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• At the low end. Royal

Down condos at 1420 Dupont St. $220,000 for 630 square feet. This Channington Developments unit isn’t right downtown, but it’s still in the zone.

Gardens condos at 382 Highway 7, $229,000 for 555 square feet. Scheduled for completion in 2013, this unit is good value for suburban living.

Metrogate at Kennedy Road and Highway 401 $571,000 for 1,366 square feet. Even at the high end, Scarborough is good value, especially if it’s size you’re looking for.

• At the low end. The Westhill

at 4151 Kingston rd. $139,000 for 430 square feet. May not have the sights and sounds of the downtown core, but is still the best deal for new condos in the GTA.

Residences at Parkside Village, 465 Burnhamthorpe rd. W. $400,000 for 884 square feet.

• At the low end. FirstHome

Destination Drive Phase 2 at 3030 Erin Centre blvd. $150,000 for 480 square feet. A new condo and townhouse project by The Daniels Corporation, the FirstHome program helps buyers get into the market at a fair price.

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Dealing with a blocked transaction legal matters

Jeffrey Cowan is the principal of Cowan Law and can be reached by email at jeff@cowanlaw.ca

Q. I have recently entered into an Agreement of Purchase and Sale where I am a silent owner of one per

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the writ from title. What would you suggest in these circumstances?

judgment against them and they are essentially stopped from dealing in real estate matters until they settle the debt. A. These are very tricky This is not an unusual circumstances and a difficult position to be in. Your ex-wife situation and is a big problem for lawyers with clients who is in a position of power if have ‘varied’ past histories. she has a properly executed You should be as upfront Sheriff’s writ against your as absolutely possible with name. all your professional advisors What many people don’t 906835A09_FCB Mar 5, 2012 with such history, otherwise know is that if they are inyou may be faced with a volved in Court proceedings TDCT_P1633_RESL lawsuit for not being able and they lose, the successful to provide clear title to any individualP1633_F_ST can register the

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Forgo a long sofa and consider individual club chairs in the living room. Tess Chair, $1,380, Crate and Barrel. crate and barrel

The right-size furniture matters Decor ideas. A measuring tape is a mover’s best friend DESIGN CENTRE

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I am moving into a spacious walk-up apartment. I am concerned that the narrow hallways and stairwells might impede me from getting larger furniture pieces into my space. Any ideas or design tricks? Tina Daenz, via email. As a former walk-up apartment renter myself, I know your anxiety around getting furniture up. Here’s a few things you

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Bed If a king-size bed is your choice then opt for the split-box spring. Each piece is the size of a single box spring, which makes it easy to move around in tight spaces. You can also choose two smaller mattresses (called twin plus), which is great for customizing your comfort level from one side to the other, and still enjoy the size of a king bed. Co-ordinate the split bed with one kingsize headboard and bedskirt to give a finished king-size look to the bed. Couch If a comfy sofa is just too large to be brought up a skinny staircase, consider a grouping of lightweight, small-scaled club chairs. You’ll create a lounge feel with the chairs around a cocktail table or large round ottoman and you’ll be seating as many people as if you had the traditional sofa and chair set. Plus, you’ll have more flexibility for re-arranging the furniture during holidays and parties (see the Tess Chair, above). Forget about a sleeper sofa altogether; not only are they heavy, they are usually much deeper in size than a regular sofa (the extra depth helps contain the mattress mechanism). Cabinets Armoires and china cabinets too large? Find furnishings that disassemble or can be placed together once inside the desired room. If choosing a china cabinet, make sure it comes in the form of a credenza and

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Here’s a list of easily-moved items that can offer big impact and still move easily up the stairs: • Area rugs. Look for colour-

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Make your own fabric coaster with the English paper-piercing method DIY ideas. Using a simple paper template, you can create a handmade cup rest As a child, artisan Andrea Sadgrove made tiny quilts from felt scraps for her toys. Her love of sewing developed into Liligo — a business making children’s clothes from recycled and organic cottons. For this week’s DIY, Sadgrove shows Metro readers how to do the English paperpiercing method. She enjoys the portability of this quilting technique as it is done by hand.

The finished product — now reward yourself with a cuppa. Courtesy Andrea Sadgrove

STEP 1 Courtesy Andrea Sadgrove

Step 1: Cut out seven oneinch hexagon templates from paper (you can buy pre-made templates, or find some on the Internet). Using a ruler and pencil/chalk, cut seven fabric squares, each measuring 2.5 inches (you can make a template from cardboard, or buy these read-made from a quilting supply store or online).

ing six hexagons and fabric. Stitch the hexagons together using a whipstitch or ladder stitch, again taking care to just sew through the fabric layers, not the paper.

Step 2: Pin a paper hexagon to the centre of each fabric square. Fold down the fabric as shown and baste around the entire hexagon, taking care to stitch through the fabric only, not the paper.

Step 4: Press well. This is your coaster top. Using the coaster top as a guide, draw around it onto a piece of felt (this will become your backing). Remove the papers from inside the hexagons; you can reuse these for more coasters. Sew the backing to the quilt top, wrong sides together, using a coordinating thread so that stitches do not show.

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Step 2 Courtesy Andrea Sadgrove

Step 3 Courtesy Andrea Sadgrove

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Shake up your favourite comfort foods with new ingredients Sweet Potato and Sausage Shepherd’s Pie. This dish combines elements of the classic and some new tasty additions

Ingredients • 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks • 15 ml (1 tbsp) olive oil • 4 cloves garlic, minced • 1 yellow onion, diced • 250 g (1/2 lb) loose Italian sausage meat • 250 g (1/2 lb) lean ground beef • 1 ml (1/4 tsp) black pepper • 175 ml (6 oz) stout or other dark beer (about half a bottle) • 22 ml (1 1/2 tbsp) cornstarch • 30 ml (2 tbsp) cool water • 1 can (398 ml/14 oz) corn kernels, drained • 1 small can (about 245 ml/8 1/4 oz) creamed corn • 125 ml (1/2 cup) milk • 30 ml (2 tbsp) butter • 15 ml (1 tbsp) brown sugar • Salt, to taste

Some people are adamant about keeping dishes like Shepherd’s Pie traditional. For those who are not, this version uses corn, a thick bed of mashed sweet potatoes, a sausage base and some lean ground beef for good measure. The result is savoury and sweet in just the right balance.

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Heat oven to 200 C (400 F). Lightly oil a standard loaf pan.

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Place sweet potatoes in a large pot and add enough water to cover by 2.5 cm (1 inch). Bring to a boil and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a

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In a small glass, mix cornstarch with cool water. Add cornstarch mixture to meat and stir until thickened. Remove from heat.

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Spread meat and onion mixture evenly in loaf pan. In a small bowl, mix corn kernels and creamed corn, then spread in an even layer over meat. Set aside.

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The good old Ham & Cheese sandwich gets a bistro feel Chef Melissa Craig of the Bearfoot Bistro in Whistler, B.C., created this delicious grilled cheese sandwich for a recent competition in Toronto. Chop together tomatoes, olives, garlic and capers. Place in a bowl. Slowly add olive oil, stir in Parmesan and finish seasoning with fresh pepper. Set tapenade aside.

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Philadelphia at Toronto 7 p.m. (TSN) The Maple Leafs (33-35-9) host Philadelphia (44-24-8), which lost 5-3 to Tampa Bay on Monday. Ilya Bryzgalov allowed four goals on 14 shots in the loss and will miss tonight’s game because of a chip fracture in his right foot. Sergei Bobrovsky hasn’t started since a 4-1 loss to New Jersey on March 11. Scott Hartnell leads the Flyers with a career-high 36 goals. Jaromir Jagr hasn’t scored in his last 10 games. He has four assists in that span. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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No hiding from ghost of ’67 THE HOCKEY NEWS

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In the immediate hours after Toronto was eliminated from Stanley Cup contention Tuesday night, Brian Burke served as a human shield against pentup fan anger and despair — and that’s the way the Maple Leafs GM likes it. Burke enjoys huffing and puffing and blowing down the homes of cynics and naysayers. He believes in the people he works with at the managerial level; he is, like a parent, prone to seeing the best in his players; and he has faith in the philosophy with which he won a Stanley Cup in Anaheim.

However, for all the things Burke can control, the one thing he can’t is that mounting wave of customer disillusionment, and the corrosive effect the public’s fury has on his roster. For example, thanks to the Leafs’ utter meltdown in net, there is simply no way Burke can bring back both James Reimer and Jonas Gustavsson, even if Toronto’s posse of assistant GMs unanimously thought it was the right thing to do. Taking them both into this season as Toronto’s only real goaltending options was a sizeable gamble, and fans and media will be up in arms if Burke doubles down, so either one or both will have to play for another organization. The pressure also will build on cornerstone defenceman

Leafs sort through the wreckage

Randy Carlyle says the Toronto Maple Leafs are “embarrassed” to be missing the playoffs for a seventh straight season. •

The coach spoke to reporters a day after the team was eliminated from post-season

Dion Phaneuf next season. Is that entirely fair? My first inclination is to say no, as Phaneuf has played his best hockey since he arrived in Toronto two years ago. But the reality is, as the Leafs’ highest-salaried player (at $6.5 million per season) and captain, he will either have to do much more than put up 10 goals and 42 points, as he’s

contention. •

“It’s a storied franchise and we feel that we’re somewhat embarrassed by what has happened,” said Carlyle. “And we should be.” THE CANADIAN PRESS

done this year. He’ll have to create more offence, or he’ll have to notably tighten up his defensive game to suit coach Randy Carlyle’s style. Whatever the case, if the Buds don’t win more, it won’t matter either way. People will clamour for him to be traded before his contract runs out after the 2013-14 campaign

ends. Don’t get me wrong — I don’t think Burke should have his blueprint for success significantly altered by fan or media pressure. But as he must know by now, he has to at least acknowledge the beast he’s taken on in Toronto and factor it into his choices of players and other team personnel. After all, he’s admitted fans at the Air Canada Centre who chanted “Fire (Ron) Wilson” cemented his choice to let the head coach go. Burke often says he won’t be judged by the always-looming ghost of 1967, the last time Toronto won it all. But Burke can bluster all he wants. The ghost is for real, and its hauntings become scarier with each year that losing becomes more of the Leafs’ hallmark.

Quoted

“We knew what his character was and what kind of guy he was going to be in the clubhouse. So that obviously came out the way it was expected. Omar just had a very good camp and he deserved to be on the team.” Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos on Omar Vizquel, who has played his way into another season in the majors. Boosted by an excellent showing in spring training, the backup infielder was added to the Blue Jays’ roster Wednesday a month before his 45th birthday, making him the oldest active position player in the big leagues.

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Toronto FC earns hard-fought draw to open Champions League semifinal Toronto FC’s Danny Koevermans, left, battles Santos Laguna’s Santiago Hoyos, during a 1-1 draw Wednesday night at BMO Field. Toronto and Santos exchanged first-half goals in an ill-tempered match to open their CONCACAF Champions League semifinal. Toronto FC showed resolve against a skillful, high-scoring side that currently tops the Mexican league. But next week’s second leg in Mexico could prove far more difficult, especially with an away goal in Santos Laguna’s pocket. U.S. international Herculez Gomez had the Santos goal and Miguel Aceval responded on a free kick for Toronto. CHRIS YOUNG/THE CANADIAN PRESS

NBA. Bargnani joins 6,000-point club in Raptors’ victory over Nuggets Andrea Bargnani reached a milestone by scoring 26 points in the Toronto Raptors’ 105-96 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. Bargnani came in 13 points shy of 6,000 career points, and reached the milestone with a free throw late in the second quarter. He is the fourth player score 6,000 in a Raptors uniform, joining Vince Carter, Chris Bosh and Morris Peterson. Bargnani had a stretch of 10 straight points in the fourth quarter as Toronto opened a seven-point lead. DeMar DeRozan, who

returned after missing two games with a left ankle injury, had 11 third-quarter points and finished with 17. Jose Calderon finished with 10 assists and 10 points, to stretch his streak to four games with 10-plus assists. Calderon is third in the NBA with 18 games of 10 or more assists, trailing Steve Nash (31) and Rajon Rondo (25). Denver scored 10 unanswered points early in the third to take their first lead of the game. Toronto responded with a late 8-3 run capped off by a Ben Uzoh lay-in to tie it at 85. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Andrea Bargnani NATHAN DENETTE/THE CANADIAN PRESS

MLB. Ichiro still big in Japan as Mariners top A’s Ichiro Suzuki gave his fans in Japan a performance to cheer about. Suzuki had four hits in his return home, Dustin Ackley homered and singled in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 3-1 Wednesday night in baseball’s season opener in Tokyo. “It was very special to open in Japan,” said Suzuki, who spent nine seasons in Osaka with the Orix Blue Wave. “I wanted to have fun and give the fans something at this special time and wanted to share a special moment with them.”

The capacity crowd of 44,227 at Tokyo Dome gave Suzuki a standing ovation when he took his position in right field in the final inning. MLB and the players’ association are using the series to assist rebuilding in Japan following last year’s earthquake and tsunami. Seattle and Oakland complete their two-game series Thursday. The rest of the bigleague teams start to get going April 4, when the renamed Miami Marlins open their new ballpark against the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


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EASTERN CONFERENCE dx-NY Rangers d-Boston d-Florida x-Pittsburgh x-Philadelphia New Jersey Ottawa Buffalo Washington Winnipeg Tampa Bay Carolina NY Islanders Toronto Montreal

GP 77 76 76 76 76 77 77 77 77 77 76 77 76 77 77

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WESTERN CONFERENCE dx-St. Louis y-Vancouver d-San Jose x-Detroit Nashville Chicago Dallas Phoenix Los Angeles Colorado Calgary Anaheim Minnesota Edmonton Columbus

GP 77 76 76 77 77 77 76 77 76 78 77 76 76 76 77

W 48 46 39 46 44 42 41 37 37 40 35 32 31 31 25

L OTL SL GF GA Pts Home Away 20 1 8 199 147 105 30-4-1-3 18-16-0-5 21 2 7 230 187 101 22-10-0-4 24-11-3-2 27 5 5 210 196 88 24-12-2-1 15-15-3-4 26 3 2 239 191 97 30-5-1-1 16-21-2-1 25 3 5 219 202 96 24-9-2-3 20-16-1-2 26 4 5 231 222 93 26-8-1-4 16-18-3-1 30 1 4 202 202 87 22-14-0-3 19-16-1-1 27 3 10 200 202 87 19-13-2-4 18-14-1-6 27 5 7 175 165 86 21-14-0-4 16-13-5-3 32 4 2 201 207 86 22-15-1-1 18-17-3-1 27 6 9 191 212 85 21-10-1-5 14-17-5-4 33 5 6 191 212 75 20-17-2-0 12-16-3-6 35 2 8 161 210 72 17-16-1-3 14-19-1-5 36 3 6 206 223 71 18-15-2-3 13-21-1-3 45 2 5 181 252 57 15-21-1-2 10-24-1-3

x — clinched playoff berth; d — division leaders ranked 1-2-3 regardless of points; a team winning in overtime or shootout is credited with two points and a victory in the W column; the team losing in overtime or shootout receives one point which is registered in the OTL (overtime loss) or SL (shootout loss) column. Last night’s results N.Y. Rangers 4 Winnipeg 2 Columbus 4 Detroit 2 Los Angeles at Calgary Dallas at Edmonton Colorado at Vancouver San Jose at Anaheim Tuesday’s results Carolina 3 Toronto 0 Florida 3 Montreal 2 (SO) Boston 5 Tampa Bay 2 Buffalo 5 Washington 1 New Jersey 2 Chicago 1 (SO) N.Y. Islanders 5 Pittsburgh 3 N.Y. Rangers 3 Minnesota 2 St. Louis 3 Nashville 0 Tonight’s games All Times Eastern Washington at Boston, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Toronto, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Florida at Minnesota, 8 p.m. St. Louis at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. San Jose at Phoenix, 10 p.m. Tomorrow’s games Winnipeg at Carolina, 7 p.m. Florida at Columbus, 7 p.m. Montreal at N.Y. Rangers, 7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. Nashville at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Colorado at Calgary, 9 p.m. Los Angeles at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m. Dallas at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Saturday’s games Boston at N.Y. Islanders, 1 p.m. Ottawa at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Buffalo at Toronto, 7 p.m. Montreal at Washington, 7 p.m. New Jersey at Caroline, 7 p.m. Winnipeg at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. Columbus at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Chicago at Nashville, 8 p.m. Los Angeles at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Anaheim at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Calgary at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Dallas at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

RANGERS 4, JETS 2 First Period No Scoring. Penalties — Bickel NYR (holding) 10:24, McDonagh NYR (tripping) 10:41, Stralman NYR (delay of game) 14:20. Second Period 1. Winnipeg, Machacek 2 (Maxwell, Stuart) 3:58 2. Winnipeg, Little 23 (Wheeler, Ladd) 4:54 3. N.Y. Rangers, Del Zotto 8 (Callahan) 7:44 (sh) 4. N.Y. Rangers, Callahan 28 (Gaborik, Del Zotto) 18:23 (pp) Penalties — Boyle NYR (boarding) 0:27, Dubinsky NYR (slashing) 6:35, Kane Wpg (slashing) 8:19, Burmistrov Wpg (holding) 18:00, Ladd Wpg (double high-sticking) 18:53. Third Period 5. N.Y. Rangers, Boyle 9 (Fedotenko, McDonagh) 3:07 6. N.Y. Rangers, Stepan 17 (Gaborik, Richards) 10:06 (pp) Penalties — Bickel NYR, Glass Wpg (fighting) 5:56, Burmistrov Wpg (holding) 8:46. Shots N.Y. Rangers Winnipeg

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Goal — N.Y. Rangers: Lundqvist (W,37-16-5); Winnipeg: Pavelec (L,28-28-7). Power plays (goalschances) — N.Y. Rangers: 2-5; Winnipeg: 0-5. Referees — Gord Owyer, Brad Watson. Linesmen — Ryan Galloway, Brad Kovachik. Attendance — 15,004 (15,004) at Winnipeg.

BLUE JACKETS 4, RED WINGS 2 First Period 1. Columbus, Prospal 14 (Nash) 6:26 2. Columbus, Dorsett 11 (Johansen) 14:17 3. Detroit, Zetterberg 22 (Datsyuk, Holmstrom) 16:23 (pp) Penalties — Stuart Det (roughing) 8:10, Boll Clb

(elbowing) 10:03, Lebda Clb (hooking) 16:05. Second Period 4.Columbus,Brassard14(Nikitin,Umberger)14:30 5.Columbus,Umberger15(Atkinson,Nikitin)15:57 Penalties — Emmerton Det (high-sticking) 2:28, Hudler Det, Prospal Clb (roughing) 17:27, Dorsett Clb (goaltender interference) 19:01. Third Period 6. Detroit, Kronwall 15 (Lidstrom, Datsyuk) 9:34 (pp) Penalties — Quincey Det (boarding) 3:43, A.Johnson Clb (high-sticking) 8:31. Shots Detroit Columbus

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Goal — Detroit: Conklin (L,5-6-1); Columbus: York (W,1-1-0). Power plays (goals-chances) — Detroit: 2-4; Columbus: 0-3. Referees — Dean Morton, Don Van Massenhoven. Linesmen — Derek Nansen, Pierre Racicot. Att. — 12,432 (18,144) at Columbus, Ohio.

SCORING LEADERS Malkin, Pgh Stamkos, TB Giroux, Pha Spezza, Ott Neal, Pgh Kessel, Tor Kovalchuk, NJ Tavares, NYI Karlsson, Ott Hossa, Chi Eberle, Edm H.Sedin, Vcr Thornton, SJ Ra.Whitney, Phx Elias, NJ St. Louis, TB Gaborik, NYR Pominville, Buf Eriksson, Dal E.Staal, Car D.Sedin, Vcr Lupul, Tor Zetterberg, Det Hartnell, Pha Kopitar, LA Parenteau, NYI

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PT 99 90 86 80 78 77 75 75 75 74 73 73 72 71 70 70 69 68 68 68 67 67 66 65 65 65

BASK ETBA LL NCAA MEN’S TOURNAMENT FINAL FOUR At New Orleans All Times Eastern

SEMIFINALS Saturday’s games Kentucky (36-2) vs. Louisville (30-9), 6:09 p.m. Ohio State (31-7) vs. Kansas (31-6), 8:49 p.m.

CHAMPIONSHIP Monday, April 2 Kentucky-Louisville winner vs. Ohio StateKansas winner, 9 p.m.

LAC ROSSE NLL WEEK 13 All Times Eastern Tomorrow’s game Calgary at Minnesota, 8:30 p.m. Saturday’s games Colorado at Rochester, 1:05 p.m. Toronto at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. Minnesota at Edmonton, 9 p.m. Washington at Calgary, 9 p.m.

EASTERN CONFERENCE x-Chicago d-Miami Orlando d-Philadelphia Indiana Atlanta Boston New York Milwaukee Detroit Cleveland Toronto New Jersey Washington Charlotte

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WESTERN CONFERENCE d-Oklahoma City d-San Antonio d-L.A. Lakers L.A. Clippers Dallas Memphis Utah Houston Denver Phoenix Minnesota Portland Golden State Sacramento New Orleans

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d-division leader x-clinched playoff spot Last night’s results Detroit 87 Cleveland 75 Minnesota 88 Charlotte 83 Toronto 105 Denver 96 New York 108 Orlando 86 Chicago 98 Atlanta 77 Boston 94 Utah 82 New Jersey 100 Indiana 84 San Antonio at Sacramento New Orleans at Golden State Phoenix at L.A. Clippers Tuesday’s results Philadelphia 103 Cleveland 85 Memphis 93 Minnesota 86 Milwaukee 108 Atlanta 101 Dallas 90 Houston 81 Oklahoma City 109 Portland 95 San Antonio 107 Phoenix 100 L.A. Lakers 104 Golden State 101 Tonight’s games All Times Eastern Washington at Indiana, 7 p.m. Dallas at Miami, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Portland, 10 p.m. Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Tomorrow’s games Denver at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Miami at Toronto, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Washington, 7 p.m. New York at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Chicago, 8 p.m. Memphis at Houston, 8 p.m. Boston at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Dallas at Orlando, 8 p.m. Sacramento at Utah, 9 p.m. New Jersey at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Portland at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

CALENDAR April 26 — Regular season ends April 27 — Rosters set for playoffs, 3 p.m. EDT April 28 — Playoffs begin. April 29 — Draft early entry eligibility deadline, 11:59 p.m. ET May 30 — Draft lottery

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S OCCER EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

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L 4 5 6 10 8 10 11 12 10 11 15 16 15 17

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NOTE: Split-squad games count in the standings; games against non-major league teams do not. Yesterday’s results Toronto 9 Baltimore 3 St. Louis 9 Detroit 5 Minnesota 11 Philadelphia 7 Atlanta 5 N.Y. Yankees 5 (10 innings) Houston 6 Miami 3 Washington 3 N.Y. Mets 2 Chicago Cubs 2 Cleveland 0 Cincinnati 5 L.A. Angels 4 Milwaukee 7 Arizona 1 San Francisco 4 L.A. Dodgers 1 San Diego 13 Chicago White Sox (ss) 2 Colorado 8 Chicago White Sox (ss) 5 Pittsburgh vs. Tampa Bay Texas vs. Kansas City Today’s games All Times Eastern Tampa Bay vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Atlanta vs. Washington (ss) at Viera, Fla., 1:05 p.m. St. Louis vs. Miami at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Minnesota vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Toronto vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:35 p.m. ChicagoCubsvs.SanDiegoatPeoria,Ariz.,4:05p.m. Cincinnati vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m. Kansas City vs. L.A. Angels at Tempe, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Colorado vs. Cleveland (ss) at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Cleveland (ss) vs. Arizona at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m. Washington (ss) vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 6:05 p.m. Houston vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 6:10 p.m. Baltimorevs.N.Y.YankeesatTampa,Fla.,7:05p.m. San Francisco vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 9:05 p.m.

QUARTER-FINALS FIRST LEG Yesterday’s results AC Milan (Italy) 0 Barcelona (Spain) 0 Marseille (France) 0 Bayern Munich (Germany) 2 Tuesday’s results Benfica (Portugal) 0 Chelsea (England) 1 APOEL Nicosia (Cyprus) 0 Real Madrid (Spain) 3

SECOND LEG Tuesday, April 3 All Times Eastern Barcelona vs. AC Milan, 2:45 p.m. Bayern Munich vs. Marseille. 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 4 Chelsea vs. Benfica, 2:45 p.m. Real Madrid vs. APOEL Nicosia, 2:45 p.m.

CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE SEMIFINALS FIRST LEG Last night’s results Toronto (Canada) 1 Santos Laguna (Mexico) 1 Monterrey (Mexico) vs. Pumas UNAM (Mexico)

SECOND LEG Wednesday, April 4 All Times Eastern Santos Laguna (Mexico) vs. Toronto (Canada), 8 p.m. Pumas UNAM (Mexico)r vs. Monterrey (Mexico), 10 p.m.

SCOTLAND PREMIER LEAGUE

Yesterday’s result Inverness 0 St. Johnstone 1

MLS All Times Eastern Tomorrow’s game FC Dallas at D.C. United, 7:30 p.m.

T EN NI S SONY ERICSSON OPEN At Key Biscayne, Fla.

MEN Singles — Quarter-finals Andy Murray (4), Britain, def. Janko Tipsarevic (9), Serbia, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Doubles — Quarter-finals Leander Paes, India, and Radek Stepanek (7), Czech Republic, def. David Marrero and Fernando Verdasco, Spain, 7-6 (6), 6-4. Max Mirnyi, Belarus, and Daniel Nestor (2), Canada, def. Lukasz Kubot, Poland, and Janko Tipsarevic, Serbia, 6-1, 6-4.

WOMEN Singles — Quarter-finals Agnieszka Radwanska (5), Poland, def. Venus Williams, U.S., 6-4, 6-1. Marion Bartoli (7), France, def. Victoria Azarenka (1), Belarus, 6-3, 6-3. Doubles — Quarter-finals Vania King, U.S., and Monica Niculescu, Romania, def. Anabel Medina Garrigues, Spain, and Flavia Pennetta, Italy, 7-5, 6-2. Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova, Russia, def. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia, and Lucie Safarova, Czech Republic, 6-1, 7-6 (5).

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Across 1 Big bash 5 Virtue’s opposite 9 Flop 12 Japanese sashes 13 Exotic berry 14 Compass dir. 15 With-drawing from office 17 “Cool” amount of cash 18 Ranking 19 Part of Hispaniola 21 Morning hour on a sundial 22 “Psycho” setting 24 Hospital furnishings 27 Space 28 Organization 31 Anger 32 Sailor’s assent 33 “I” strain? 34 Tournament component 36 Leno’s network 37 Wan 38 Reflec-tion 40 Pacino or Yankovic 41 Tangy cuisine 43 Ape 47 Yoko of music 48 “Ghost” co-star 51 To the — degree 52 Author Hunter 53 Pronto, in the ER 54 Family 55 Look for 56 Highland hats Down 1 Pantheon figures 2 Help in a crime 3 Peru’s capital 4 Unchanged

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Sudoku

• a who. I always thought love was about who can make you smile, who can make you laugh when you dont want to laugh, who can make you cry and who can make you do things for them you may not want to do at the moment. guessing i was wrong? jenny • Campbell Soup. You must be used to me crying, you know my heart cant take no more i wont keep running back to you. thinking about my strength to finally get up and leave seems like i finally got my head on straight. cant wait to wake up everyday without you on my brain.. oh well proud to say i will never make that same mistake!! No Name Soup

5 Cisterns 6 Here (Fr.) 7 Has the skill set 8 Square dance group 9 Cecil B. and Agnes 10 One 11 Sandwich shop 16 Formal wear 20 NRC predecessor 22 Perhaps 23 Oil cartel 24 Humongous 25 Geological time 26 Wicker-covered bottle 27 Group of hoods 29 “Yecch!” 30 Lad

35 Big Aussie bird 37 Not quite 39 South American range 40 Intention 41 Hit on the head 42 Oppositionist 43 Kitchen fixture 44 Greek vowel 45 Composer Khachaturian 46 Profits 49 Previous night 50 West of Holly

Yesterday’s answer

How to play Fill in the grid, so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1-9. There is no math involved. You solve the puzzle with reasoning and logic.

Aries | March 21 - April 20.

Taurus | April 21 - May 21.

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Leo | July 23 - Aug. 22. With the Sun, your ruler, at odds with Pluto today, chances are you will have to do a lot of explaining. Virgo | Aug. 23 - Sept. 22.

You need to convince someone that you know what you are talking about and that you are serious about your aims.

People who have an inflated sense of their own importance are often easy to influence and you can use that fact to your advantage today. Libra | Sept. 23 - Oct. 22. It appears that someone has a grudge against you and you don’t have the faintest idea why. The only way to find out is to ask.

You will have to do something you don’t want to do, simply because someone else has the power to make you. Do it with a smile.

Someone in authority will give you a hard time today and you may be tempted to hit back at him or her in some way. Don’t!

You will talk your way out of trouble today but how did you get into this position in the first place?

Gemini | May 22 - June 20.

Cancer | June 21 - July 22.

• All lies. Why didnt i listen to my heart when he had me guessing from the start, more and more i wonder why do i still want her after all the love i gave her but it wasnt mutual soo whatever then. And everytime the phone rings i wish it was your call, but that wont happen. From gullible

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Horoscope

Someone you meet will tell you something that may not mean much to you now, but it could be used to your benefit later on.

Yesterday’s answer

• Fall-apart-ers. Here’s to all the fall-a-parters, jesus loves you! Blessings for everyone! Never too late?

Scorpio | Oct. 23 - Nov. 21.

Sagittarius | Nov. 22 Dec. 21. Someone is jealous of the

attention you have been getting and would like nothing better than to see you take a fall.

Capricorn | Dec. 22 - Jan 20. You don’t have to exert your-

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self to any great extent today. You just have to persuade others to do things for you. Easy.

Aquarius | Jan. 21 - Feb 18.

Don’t give someone the impression that you agree with what they say when, secretly, you disagree.

Pisces | Feb. 19 - March 20.

The whole idea of life is to try new things and that, inevitably, means making mistakes. Go out and make some more. sally brompton

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